fear

fear [fir]
n.
[ME fer < OE fær, lit., sudden attack, akin to OHG fāra, ambush, snare: for IE base see PERIL]
1. a feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc.; timidity; dread; terror; fright; apprehension
2. respectful dread; awe; reverence
3. a feeling of uneasiness or apprehension; concern [a fear that it will rain]
4. a cause for fear; possibility; chance [there was no fear of difficulty]
vt.
1. Obs. to fill with fear; frighten
2. to be afraid of; dread
3. to feel reverence or awe for
4. to expect with misgiving; suspect [I fear I am late]
vi.
1. to feel fear; be afraid
2. to be uneasy, anxious, or doubtful
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for fear of
in order to avoid or prevent; lest
SYN.- FEAR is the general term for the anxiety and agitation felt at the presence of danger; DREAD refers to the fear or depression felt in anticipating something dangerous or disagreeable [to live in dread of poverty ]; FRIGHT applies to a sudden, shocking, usually momentary fear [the mouse gave her a fright]; ALARM implies the fright felt at the sudden realization of danger [he felt alarm at the sight of the pistol ]; TERROR applies to an overwhelming, often paralyzing fear [the terror of soldiers in combat ]; PANIC1 refers to a frantic, unreasoning fear, often one that spreads quickly and leads to irrational, aimless action [the cry of “fire!” created a panic]

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