: producing fear in others
feared enemies
the most feared teacher in school
: regarded with fear
trying to avert a feared outcome

Examples of feared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And who better to do it than a feared nazir, or headmaster, like Uncle Usama? Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 One was a ruthless and feared drug lord who rose to power and wealth through violence and intimidation; the other was a talented soccer player who captured the hearts of his fellow Colombians with his skill and grace on the field. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 End-of-life decisions are some of the most intricate and feared resolutions, by both patients and healthcare practitioners. Tal Patalon, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 The heroic myth of the ones who did the shooting, the feared and romanticized IRA soldiers, forms the basis of the strongest offering in DruidO’Casey — the trilogy’s middle play, The Shadow of a Gunman. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2023 In reality, southern Utah leader Erastus Snow commissioned area resident Jesse W. Crosby to buy a cannon while on a trip to California in 1860, believing that the Legislature would pay for it with militia funds for use in the defense of St. George from feared attacks by Native Americans. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 Below that, only one destination more mysterious and more feared: Hades, or the hadal zone, below 20,000 feet. Carl Hoffman, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2023 The show makes its final U.S. stop at the National Gallery without feared protests. Aruna D’souza, New York Times, 19 July 2023 At least 79 people died when a vessel carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank, Greek authorities said Wednesday — with as many as hundreds more feared missing. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 14 June 2023

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Word History


from past participle of fear entry 2

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feared was in 1599

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“Feared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feared. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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