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fear

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fear

  1. to experience concern or anxiety <her friends feared that she was dating a guy who was all wrong for her> Synonyms bother, worry, fret, fuss, stew, stress, sweat, troubleRelated Words agonize; long, pine, yearn; chafe; despairNear Antonyms accept; abide, bear, endure, stick out, stomach, sustain, take, tolerate




fear

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fear

  1. 1 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger <the sight of the headless horseman filled the schoolmaster with fear> Synonyms alarm (also alarum), anxiety, dread, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, scare, terror, trepidation Related Words phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousness Near Antonyms aplomb, assurance, boldness, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, intrepidity, intrepidness, stoutness, valor; audacity, guts, nerve

  2. 2 an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble <fear for her family's safety drove her to seek help from neighbors she hardly knew> Synonyms agita, agitation, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, care, concern, concernment, disquiet, disquietude, anxiety, 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




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