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fearful

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adjective fear·ful \ˈfir-fəl\

Simple Definition of fearful

  • : feeling fear

  • : showing or caused by fear

  • : very bad or extreme

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fearful

  1. 1 :  causing or likely to cause fear, fright, or alarm especially because of dangerous quality <a fearful storm>

  2. 2 a :  full of fear <fearful for his safety> b :  indicating or arising from fear <a fearful glance> c :  inclined to fear :  timorous

  3. 3 :  very great or bad —used as an intensive <a fearful waste> <fearful slum conditions>

fearfully

play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

fearfulness

play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of fearful in a sentence

  1. He plays the role of a timid and fearful clerk.

  2. They won the war but at a fearful cost.



14th Century

First Known Use of fearful

14th century

Synonym Discussion of fearful

fearful, apprehensive, afraid mean disturbed by fear. fearful implies often a timorous or worrying temperament <the child is fearful of loud noises>. apprehensive suggests a state of mind and implies a premonition of evil or danger <apprehensive of being found out>. afraid often suggests weakness or cowardice and regularly implies inhibition of action or utterance <afraid to speak the truth>.

FEARFUL Defined for Kids

fearful

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adjective fear·ful \ˈfir-fəl\

Definition of fearful for Students

  1. 1 :  causing fear <the fearful roar of a lion>

  2. 2 :  filled with fear <I was fearful of failing the test.>

  3. 3 :  showing or caused by fear <a fearful expression>

fearfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

fearfulness

noun




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