What is the meaning of fear?


  • An emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight.
  • An anxious feeling.
    • usage: "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
  • A feeling of profound respect for someone or something.
    • usage: "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"


  • Be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event.
    • usage: "I fear she might get aggressive"
  • Be afraid or scared of; be frightened of.
    • usage: "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists"
  • Be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement.
    • usage: "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
  • Be uneasy or apprehensive about.
    • usage: "I fear the results of the final exams"
  • Regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of.
    • usage: "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"
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