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Synonyms of fearful in English:


  • 1 they are fearful of being overheard
    afraid, frightened, scared (stiff), scared to death, terrified, petrified;
    alarmed, panicky, nervous, tense, apprehensive, uneasy, worried (sick), anxious
    informal jittery, jumpy
  • 2 the guards were fearful
    nervous, trembling, quaking, cowed, daunted;
    timid, timorous, faint-hearted
    informal jittery, jumpy, twitchy, trepidatious, keyed up, in a cold sweat, a bundle of nerves
    informal spooked
  • 3 a fearful accident
    horrific, terrible, dreadful, awful, appalling, frightful, ghastly, horrible, horrifying, horrendous, terribly bad, shocking, atrocious, abominable, hideous, monstrous, gruesome
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