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Meaning & Definition of Fear in English





1. An emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

  • fear,
  • fearfulness,
  • fright

2. An anxious feeling

  • "Care had aged him"
  • "They hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
  • concern,
  • care,
  • fear

3. A feeling of profound respect for someone or something

  • "The fear of god"
  • "The chinese reverence for the dead"
  • "The french treat food with gentle reverence"
  • "His respect for the law bordered on veneration"
  • fear,
  • reverence,
  • awe,
  • veneration


1. Be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event

  • "I fear she might get aggressive"
  • fear

2. Be afraid or scared of

  • Be frightened of
  • "I fear the winters in moscow"
  • "We should not fear the communists!"
  • fear,
  • dread

3. Be sorry

  • Used to introduce an unpleasant statement
  • "I fear i won't make it to your wedding party"
  • fear

4. Be uneasy or apprehensive about

  • "I fear the results of the final exams"
  • fear

5. Regard with feelings of respect and reverence

  • Consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
  • "Fear god as your father"
  • "We venerate genius"
  • reverence,
  • fear,
  • revere,
  • venerate

Examples of using

Don't fear a knife, but fear a fork - because one stab can make four holes!
Everlasting fear, everlasting peace.
My fear is more than my desire to try.