- 1Feeling or showing fear or anxiety: they are fearful of the threat of nuclear war [with clause]: he’s fearful that his career is overMore example sentences
afraid, frightened, scared, scared stiff, scared to death, terrified, petrified; alarmed, panicky, nervous, tense, apprehensive, uneasy, hesitant, disquieted, worried, worried sick, anxious; British nervy• informal jittery, jumpy, in a (blue) funkdialect fritnervous, trembling, quaking, quivering, shrinking, cowering, cowed, daunted; timid, timorous, diffident, faint-hearted, cowardly, pusillanimous; British nervy• informal jittery, jumpy, twitchy, keyed up, yellow, chicken, in a cold sweat, a bundle of nerves, like a cat on a hot tin roof, frightened of one's own shadow
- There's no question that at the time of the abduction she was in fear and was fearful for a period of time.
- For example, over the past two decades I was excessively fearful of inflation.
- Everyone is fearful for his future, and fear leads people to do amazing, extraordinary things.
- 1.1Causing or likely to cause people to be afraid; horrifying: a fearful accidentMore example sentences
- To the outside world, Chernobyl stands as a fearful accident and a catalogue of gross errors.
- It came to mind that Christians who encountered Paul would have found him shocking and fearful.
- Economists nevertheless refuse to be alarmed by fearful prognoses of deflation.
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- Dread, trepidation or even uneasiness suggest a fearfulness that has mostly dissipated.
- At its heart is fear, and fearfulness is increasingly part of the experience of life within it.
- Emotional impairments may include apathy, irritability, anxiety, fearfulness and depression.