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trepidation

Syllabification: trep·i·da·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌtrepəˈdāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of trepidation in English:

noun

1A feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen: the men set off in fear and trepidation
More example sentences
  • For from some deep reaches of my soul, an icy cold fear and trepidation had exploded upward.
  • Selling a property in this country can be a fraught business, full of fear and trepidation and attended by frustration and delay at every point.
  • This he did, in fear and trepidation, taking with him two other church workers who were accompanying him.
Synonyms
informal butterflies (in one's stomach), jitteriness, the jitters, the creeps, the shivers, a cold sweat, the heebie-jeebies, the willies, the shakes, jim-jams, collywobbles, cold feet
2 archaic Trembling motion.

Origin

late 15th century: from Latin trepidatio(n-), from trepidare 'be agitated, tremble', from trepidus 'alarmed'.

More
  • tremendous from (mid 17th century):

    Tremendous goes back to Latin tremere ‘to tremble’, and had the original sense of something that makes you tremble (Middle English). Trepidation (Late Middle English) and intrepid (late 17th century) are from the related trepidare ‘tremble’.

Derivatives

trepidatious

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • I'm a bit trepidatious about posting the link to it on here just yet - after all, many projects of mine has risen and collapsed back into ashes in a matter of days or weeks - so I'll give it time to find some legs before I send any readers over to it.
  • Lyrically, this tells the tale of a trepidatious young bride bidding farewell to her tearful mother on the night before her wedding, in a manner that hints that she might not be entirely thrilled by the prospect.
  • Round the camp fire, someone joked that killing a goat was trepidatious, hubris in such a holy and mystical place.

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