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Meaning of FEAR

Pronunciation:  feer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
  2. [n]  an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
  3. [v]  regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"
  4. [v]  be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
  5. [v]  be uneasy or apprehensive about; "I fear the results of the final exams"
  6. [v]  be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement; "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
  7. [v]  be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event; "I fear she might get aggressive"

FEAR is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: care, concern, dread, fearfulness, fright, revere, reverence, venerate
 Antonyms: bravery, fearlessness
 See Also: alarm, anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, awe, chill, cold sweat, consternation, creeps, dismay, dread, emotion, enshrine, esteem, frisson, horror, hysteria, intimidation, panic, panic, panic attack, prise, prize, quiver, regret, respect, reverence, saint, scare, shiver, shudder, stage fright, terror, thrill, timidity, timidness, timorousness, tingle, value, veneration, worry, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fear\, n.
    A variant of {Fere}, a mate, a companion. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  2. \Fear\, n. [OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. f?r a coming suddenly
    upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. f[=a]ra danger, G.
    gefahr, Icel. f[=a]r harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare,
    peril. See {Fare}.]
    1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of
       evil, or the apprehension of impending danger;
       apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.
    Note: The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most
          moderate, may be thus expressed, -- apprehension, fear,
          dread, fright, terror.
                Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the
                thought of future evil likely to befall us.
                Where no hope is left, is left no fear. --Milton.
    2. (Script.)
       (a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid,
           God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt
           toward the Supreme Belng.
       (b) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.
                 I will put my fear in their hearts. --Jer.
                                                   xxxii. 40.
                 I will teach you the fear of the Lord. --Ps.
                                                   xxxiv. 11.
                 render therefore to all their dues; tribute to
                 whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear.
                                                   --Rom. xiii.
    3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension
       or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger;
             There were they in great fear, where no fear was.
                                                   --Ps. liii. 5.
             The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a
             more equal enterprise.                --Shak.
    {For fear}, in apprehension lest. ``For fear you ne'er see
       chain nor money more.'' --Shak.
  3. \Fear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid,
    AS. f?ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.]
    1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to
       consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude.
             I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. --Ps.
                                                   xxiii. 4.
    Note: With subordinate clause.
                I greatly fear my money is not safe. --Shak.
                I almost fear to quit your hand.   --D. Jerrold.
    2. To have a reverential awe of; to solicitous to avoid the
       displeasure of.
             Leave them to God above; him serve and fear.
    3. To be anxious or solicitous for. [R.]
             The sins of the father are to be laid upon the
             children, therefore . . . I fear you. --Shak.
    4. To suspect; to doubt. [Obs.]
             Ay what else, fear you not her courage? --Shak.
    5. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach
       of by fear. [Obs.]
             fear their people from doing evil.    --Robynsin
             Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs.      --Shak.
    Syn: To apprehend; dread; reverence; venerate.
  4. \Fear\, v. i.
    To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety
    on account of some expected evil.
          I exceedingly fear and quake.            --Heb. xii.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you feel fear means that you achievements will not be as successful as you had anticipated. You are having anxieties in certain circumstances of your life.
Thesaurus Terms
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