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[n] an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
[n] an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
[v] regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"
[v] be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
[v] be uneasy or apprehensive about; "I fear the results of the final exams"
[v] be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement; "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
[v] be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event; "I fear she might get aggressive"


bravery, fearlessness

Misc. Definitions

\Fear\, n. A variant of {Fere}, a mate, a companion. [Obs.] --Spenser.
\Fear\, n. [OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. f?r a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. f[=a]ra danger, G. gefahr, Icel. f[=a]r harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare, peril. See {Fare}.]
1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. Note: The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most moderate, may be thus expressed, -- apprehension, fear, dread, fright, terror. Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us. --Locke. Where no hope is left, is left no fear. --Milton.
2. (Script.) (a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Belng. (b) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth. I will put my fear in their hearts. --Jer. xxxii. 40. I will teach you the fear of the Lord. --Ps. xxxiv. 1
1. render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear. --Rom. xiii.
3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness. There were they in great fear, where no fear was. --Ps. liii.
5. The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise. --Shak. {For fear}, in apprehension lest. ``For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more.'' --Shak.
\Fear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. f?ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.]
1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude. I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. --Ps. xxiii.
4. Note: With subordinate clause. I greatly fear my money is not safe. --Shak. I almost fear to quit your hand. --D. Jerrold.
2. To have a reverential awe of; to solicitous to avoid the displeasure of. Leave them to God above; him serve and fear. --Milton.
3. To be anxious or solicitous for. [R.] The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children, therefore . . . I fear you. --Shak.
4. To suspect; to doubt. [Obs.] Ay what else, fear you not her courage? --Shak.
5. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach of by fear. [Obs.] fear their people from doing evil. --Robynsin (More's utopia). Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs. --Shak. Syn: To apprehend; dread; reverence; venerate.
\Fear\, v. i. To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil. I exceedingly fear and quake. --Heb. xii. 21.

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