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English noun: fear

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

Synonymsfearfulness, fright

Broader (hypernym)emotion

Narrower (hyponym)affright, alarm, apprehension, apprehensiveness, chill, consternation, creeps, dismay, dread, frisson, horror, hysteria, intimidation, panic, panic attack, quiver, scare, shiver, shudder, stage fright, terror, thrill, timidity, timidness, timorousness, tingle

Part holonymcold sweat

Attributeafraid, fearless, unafraid

Antonymsfearlessness, bravery

2. fear (feeling) an anxious feeling

SamplesCare had aged him.
They hushed it up out of fear of public reaction.

Synonymscare, concern

Broader (hypernym)anxiety

3. fear (feeling) a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

SamplesThe fear of God.
The Chinese reverence for the dead.
The French treat food with gentle reverence.
His respect for the law bordered on veneration.

Synonymsawe, reverence, veneration

Broader (hypernym)emotion

English verb: fear

1. fear (emotion) be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event

SamplesI fear she might get aggressive.

ExamplesThey fear that there was a traffic accident

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)worry

2. fear (emotion) be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

SamplesI fear the winters in Moscow.
We should not fear the Communists!.

ExamplesSam cannot fear Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)panic

3. fear (emotion) be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement

SamplesI fear I won't make it to your wedding party.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)regret

4. fear (emotion) be uneasy or apprehensive about

SamplesI fear the results of the final exams.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

5. fear (emotion) regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

SamplesFear God as your father.
We venerate genius.

Synonymsrevere, reverence, venerate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)esteem, prise, prize, respect, value

Narrower (hyponym)enshrine, saint, worship

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