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English adjective: fearful

1. fearful experiencing or showing fear


SamplesA fearful glance.
Fearful of criticism.


Similarafraid


Antonymsfearless, unafraid

2. fearful causing fear or dread or terror


SamplesThe awful war.
An awful risk.
Dire news.
A career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked.
The dread presence of the headmaster.
Polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was.
A dreadful storm.
A fearful howling.
Horrendous explosions shook the city.
A terrible curse.


Synonymsawful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible


Similaralarming


Antonymsunalarming

3. fearful lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted


SamplesCowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then.


Synonymscowardly


Similarcaitiff, chicken, chickenhearted, craven, dastard, dastardly, faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted, funky, lily-livered, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, recreant, timid, unmanly, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied


See alsoafraid, ignoble, timid


Attributecowardice, cowardliness


Antonymsbrave, courageous

4. fearful extremely distressing


SamplesFearful slum conditions.
A frightful mistake.


Synonymsfrightful


Similarbad


Antonymsgood

5. fearful timid by nature or revealing timidity


SamplesTimorous little mouse.
In a timorous tone.
Cast fearful glances at the large dog.


Synonymstimorous, trepid


Similartimid


Antonymsbold









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