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Synonyms of fear in English:


  • 1 he felt fear at entering the house
  • 2 she overcame her fears
    phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, nightmare, horror, terror;
    anxiety, neurosis
    informal hang-up
  • 3 there's no fear of my leaving you alone
  • verb

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  • 1 she feared her husband
    be afraid of, be fearful of, be scared of, be apprehensive of, dread, live in fear of, be terrified of;
    be anxious about, worry about, feel apprehensive about
  • 2 he fears heights
    have a phobia about, have a horror of, take fright at
  • 3 he feared to tell them
    be too afraid, be too scared, hesitate, dare not
  • 4 they feared for his health
    worry about, feel anxious about, feel concerned about, have anxieties about
  • 5 all who fear the Lord
    stand in awe of, revere, reverence, venerate, respect
  • 6 I fear that you may be right
    suspect, have a (sneaking) suspicion, be inclined to think, be afraid, have a hunch, think it likely
  • Word links

    -phobia forming words meaning ‘fear of something,’ such as claustrophobia (‘fear of being in enclosed spaces’) or technophobia (‘fear of new technology’)
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