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apprehension

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of apprehension

  1. 1 suspicion or fear of future harm or misfortune <the hikers entered the dark cave with a great deal of apprehension> Synonyms alarm (also alarum), apprehensiveness, dread, foreboding, misgiving Related Words agitation, anxiety, anxiousness, concern, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance, fearfulness, funk, perturbation, solicitude, suspense, unease, uneasiness; scruple, worry; doubt, incertitude, mistrust, suspiciousness, uncertainty, wariness; defeatism, pessimism; foreknowledge, premonition, presage, presentiment Near Antonyms anticipation, excitement, hope, hopefulness; confidence, optimism, sanguinity

  2. 2 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law <apprehension of the burglar set the neighborhood at ease> Synonyms arrest, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, pinchRelated Words raid; house arrest; capture, entrapment, seizure; captivity, confinement, detention, enchainment, hold, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms emancipation, liberation, releaseAntonyms discharge

  3. 3 an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble <felt a great deal of apprehension about the trip and about arriving safely> Synonyms agita, agitation, anxiousness, anxiety, apprehensiveness, care, concern, concernment, disquiet, disquietude, fear, nervosity, nervousness, perturbation, solicitude, sweat, unease, uneasiness, worryRelated Words strain, stress, tension; alarm (also alarum), anguish, consternation, desperateness, desperation, discomfort, discomposure, dismay, distraction, distress, disturbance, edginess, franticness, hand-wringing, jitters, jumpiness, panic, tremor; angst, fearfulness, torment, upset, vexation; cold feet, doubt, dread, foreboding, incertitude, misgiving, presentiment, suspense, uncertainty; compunction, qualm, scrupleNear Antonyms calm, calmness, content, contentment, ease, easiness, peace, peacefulness, placidity, placidness, quiet, quietude, sereneness, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility), tranquilness; comfort, consolation, relief, solaceAntonyms unconcern

  4. 4 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something <a good apprehension of how computer systems work> Synonyms appreciation, comprehension, grasp, grip, hold, perception, percipience, understandingRelated Words absorption, assimilation, digestion, uptake; conception, visualization; awareness, consciousness, enlightenment, realizationNear Antonyms misapprehension, miscomprehension, misinterpretation, misperception, misunderstandingAntonyms incomprehension, noncomprehension





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