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Definition 1: lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where fearful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then

Synonyms for fearful in the sense of this definition

(fearful is similar to ...) despicably cowardly

"the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th"

(fearful is similar to ...) lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful

(fearful is similar to ...) characterized by complete cowardliness

(fearful is similar to ...) despicably mean and cowardly

(fearful is similar to ...) easily frightened

(fearful is similar to ...) lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

"the craven fellow turned and ran" "a craven proposal to raise the white flag" "this recreant knight"

(fearful is similar to ...) in a state of cowardly fright

(fearful is similar to ...) lacking conviction or boldness or courage

"faint heart ne'er won fair lady"

(means also ...) completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose

"something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude" "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"

(means also ...) showing fear and lack of confidence

(means also ...) filled with fear or apprehension

"afraid even to turn his head" "suddenly looked afraid" "afraid for his life" "afraid of snakes" "afraid to ask questions"

(... are attributes of fearful) the trait of lacking courage

Definition 2: experiencing or showing fear - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fearful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a fearful glance
  • fearful of criticism

(fearful is similar to ...) filled with fear or apprehension

"afraid even to turn his head" "suddenly looked afraid" "afraid for his life" "afraid of snakes" "afraid to ask questions"

Definition 3: causing fear or dread or terror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fearful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the awful war
  • an awful risk
  • dire news
  • a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
  • the dread presence of the headmaster
  • polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
  • a dreadful storm
  • a fearful howling
  • horrendous explosions shook the city
  • a terrible curse

Synonyms for fearful in the sense of this definition

(fearful is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

Definition 4: extremely distressing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fearful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fearful slum conditions
  • a frightful mistake

Synonyms for fearful in the sense of this definition

(fearful is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 5: timid by nature or revealing timidity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where fearful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • timorous little mouse
  • in a timorous tone
  • cast fearful glances at the large dog

Synonyms for fearful in the sense of this definition

(fearful is similar to ...) showing fear and lack of confidence

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