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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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A feeling that something, often of an undesirable nature, is about to happen
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A lack of courage
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The state of being diffident, timid or shy
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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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Violent or forcible action used to coerce someone into doing something against their will
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An emotional difficulty or a psychological inhibition
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Extreme and irrational distrust of others
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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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Verb
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) To 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 about something in particular
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To show, feel, or cause to feel, concern or worry
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To have doubts or suspicions about
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Have a strong aversion to
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