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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


Synonymsdread


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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