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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
Recent Examples of trepidation from the Web
New coaches are paired with those familiar with the program, and any trepidation quickly disappears, the girls say.
People who had little experience in yoga starting coming with no trepidation.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, a Weldon Spring Republican, stirs trepidation among some Republican leaders and has opposition from a left-leaning budget advocacy group.
Staffers are approaching the post-Hicks era with trepidation, unsure what to expect in a lawless White House with a president who thrives on chaos and resents authority, process and order.
But most of us approach changing our hair with a little more trepidation.
Langsley remembers watching with trepidation as D.P. packed her belongings into the car of a family that agreed to take her in.
While the offense brings out some trepidation, the defense is nothing but solid thanks to a wealth of returning talent including Rashan Gary and All-American linebacker Devin Bush.
My conviction in Coogler’s effect is not without trepidation.
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trepidation Has Latin Roots
If you've ever trembled with fright, you know something of both the sensation and etymology of trepidation. The word comes from the Latin verb trepidare, which means "to tremble." When it 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
Synonym Discussion of trepidation
- fear of the unknown
- faced the meeting with dread
- fright at being awakened suddenly
- view the situation with alarm
- the news caused widespread panic
- immobilized with terror
- raised the subject with trepidation
TREPIDATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trepidation for English Language Learners
: a feeling of fear that causes you to hesitate because you think something bad or unpleasant is going to happen
TREPIDATION Defined for Kids
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