Synonyms of fear in English:



  • 2 she sought help to overcome her fears
    phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, bogey, nightmare, horror, terror; anxiety, neurosis, complex, mania; abnormal fear, irrational fear, obsessive fear; French bête noire
    informal hang-up
  • 3 archaic the fear of God
    awe, wonder, wonderment, amazement; reverence, veneration, respect; dread
    archaic the fear of God
    [Antonyms] indifference


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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, go in terror of, be terrified of, be terrified by, cower before, tremble before, cringe from, shrink from, flinch from; be anxious about, worry about, panic about, feel consternation about, have forebodings about, feel apprehensive about
    British informal be in a blue funk about
  • 2 he fears heights and open spaces
    have a phobia about, have a horror of, have a dread of, shudder at, take fright at
  • 3 he feared to let them know he was awake
    be too afraid, be too scared, be too apprehensive, hesitate; dare not
    informal have cold feet about
  • 4 they all feared for his health
    worry about, feel anxious/concerned about, have anxieties about, have qualms about, feel disquiet for, be solicitous for
  • 5 archaic all who fear the Lord
    stand in awe of, regard with awe, revere, reverence, venerate, respect; dread, be intimidated by
  • 6 I fear that you may be right
    suspect, have a (sneaking) suspicion, have a (sneaking) feeling, feel, be inclined to think, be afraid, have a foreboding, have a hunch, think it likely, be of the opinion, suppose, reckon

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-phobia suffix meaning ‘fear of something’, as in claustrophobia
phobophobia fear of fear

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