1. an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight);
[syn: fear, fearfulness, fright]
2. an anxious feeling;
- Example: "care had aged him"
- Example: "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
[syn: concern, care, fear]
3. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something;
- Example: "the fear of God"
- Example: "the Chinese reverence for the dead"
- Example: "the French treat food with gentle reverence"
- Example: "his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
[syn: fear, reverence, awe, veneration]
1. be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event;
- Example: "I fear she might get aggressive"
2. be afraid or scared of; be frightened of;
- Example: "I fear the winters in Moscow"
- Example: "We should not fear the Communists!"
[syn: fear, dread]
3. be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement;
- Example: "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
4. be uneasy or apprehensive about;
- Example: "I fear the results of the final exams"
5. regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of;
- Example: "Fear God as your father"
- Example: "We venerate genius"
[syn: reverence, fear, revere, venerate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fear \Fear\ (f[=e]r), n. A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fear \Fear\, n. [OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. f[=ae]r a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. f[=a]ra danger, G. gefahr, Icel. f[=a]r harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare, peril. See Fare.] 1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. [1913 Webster] Note: The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most moderate, may be thus expressed, -- apprehension, fear, dread, fright, terror. [1913 Webster] Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us. --Locke. [1913 Webster] Where no hope is left, is left no fear. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Script.) (a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being. (b) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth. [1913 Webster] I will put my fear in their hearts. --Jer. xxxii. 40. [1913 Webster] I will teach you the fear of the Lord. --Ps. xxxiv. 11. [1913 Webster] Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear. --Rom. xiii. 7. [1913 Webster] 3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness. [1913 Webster] There were they in great fear, where no fear was. --Ps. liii. 5. [1913 Webster] The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise. --Shak. [1913 Webster] For fear, in apprehension lest. "For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fear \Fear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Feared (f[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Fearing.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. f[=ae]ran to terrify. See Fear, n.] 1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude. [1913 Webster] I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. --Ps. xxiii. 4. [1913 Webster] Note: With subordinate clause. I greatly fear my money is not safe. --Shak. I almost fear to quit your hand. --D. Jerrold. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a reverential awe of; to be solicitous to avoid the displeasure of. [1913 Webster] Leave them to God above; him serve and fear. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To be anxious or solicitous for; now replaced by fear for. [R.] [1913 Webster] The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children, therefore . . . I fear you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To suspect; to doubt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ay what else, fear you not her courage? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach of by fear. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fear their people from doing evil. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs. --Shak. Syn: To apprehend; dread; reverence; venerate. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fear \Fear\, v. i. To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil. [1913 Webster] I exceedingly fear and quake. --Heb. xii. 21. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fere \Fere\, n. [OE. fere companion, AS. gef[=e]ra, from f[=e]ran to go, travel, faran to travel. [root]78. See Fare.] A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife. [Obs.] [Written also fear and feere.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] In fere, together; in company. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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