Simple Definition of trepidation
: a feeling of fear that causes you to hesitate because you think something bad or unpleasant is going to happen
Examples of trepidation in a sentence
In the first minutes, hours, or even days of fieldwork most researchers feel trepidation about being an outsider, a stranger on the scene … —Marie D. Price, Geographical Review, January-April 2001
This was an ambitious project, and a number of us felt some trepidation about the possible results. —Brian Phillips, New Republic, 13 Dec. 1999
I came aboard the 319 with trepidation, to join the lives of utter strangers, a man untried by the circumstances they had known. —Henry G. Bugbee, Jr., “Naval History,” in Authors at Sea, Robert Shenk, ed., 1997
He had some trepidation about agreeing to their proposal.
<shaking with trepidation, I stepped into the old abandoned house>
Did You Know?
If you've ever trembled with fright, you know something of both the sensation and etymology of trepidation. The word trepidation comes from the Latin verb trepidare, which means "to tremble." When "trepidation" first appeared in English in the early 1600s, it meant "tremulous motion" or "tremor." Around the same time, English speakers also started using the "nervous agitation" sense of "trepidation" that we use today.
Origin and Etymology of trepidation
Latin trepidation-, trepidatio, from trepidare to tremble, from trepidus agitated; probably akin to Old English thrafian to urge, push, Greek trapein to press grapes
First Known Use: 1605
Synonym Discussion of trepidation
TREPIDATION Defined for Kids
Definition of trepidation for Students
: a state of alarm or nervousness <The boys approached the abandoned house with trepidation.>
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