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Noun
An unpleasant emotion caused by the perception of danger, pain, or harm
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“The people were stricken by fear when they saw the lion break free from his enclosure.”
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A phobia, usually irrational or obsessive
“This is going to sound crazy, but I genuinely have an inexplicable fear of phobias.”
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A feeling of terrified reverence, particularly towards deities
“The fear of God compels you!”
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A concern for something or someone
Fear for his wife's safety motivated him to leave the party in a brash manner.”
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The chance of something unpleasant happening
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“The fear of a plane going down is highly unlikely.”
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The state of being diffident, timid or shy
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A feeling that something, often of undesirable nature, is going to happen
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(often follows "pet") A personal dislike or source of irritation
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Any imagined fear or threat, or a fear presumed larger than it really is
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Loss of nerve preventing completion of an action
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The act of making timid or fearful or of deterring by threats
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An emotional difficulty or a psychological inhibition
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A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution, conspiracy and perceived threat against the person, often associated with false accusations and general mistrust of others
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Something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence
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Belief in sign of things to come
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Behavior intended to please, typically one's parents or caretakers
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To be afraid of someone or something when considering them to be dangerous, painful, or harmful
“I fear the things he will do to me if you send me back!”
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To have a phobia of
“I fear spiders and anything related to creepy crawlies.”
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(with infinitive) Avoid something because one has too many concerns
“I fear having to break out of my comfort zone.”
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(followed by for) To show concern on behalf of
“His behavior has been erratic recently, and I fear for his mental health.”
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To regard with adoration and reverence, particularly for deities and gods
“Stand before Him, and fear Him!”
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To have a sinking feeling
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“I fear that the injury toll will continue to rise after the recent disaster.”
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To be anxious or concerned
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Show unnecessary or excessive concern about something
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Have a strong aversion to
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To have doubts or suspicions about
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