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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
Marcos da Costa, president of the Sao Paulo chapter of the Brazilian Bar Association, watched the episode unfold with trepidation.
The return of inflation to the Fed’s 2% target in March and April, after undershooting it for most of the past six years, has removed some of the trepidation that some Fed officials once had about raising rates.
All emerging economies, even the biggest, must still watch the Federal Reserve, rising American bond yields and the strengthening dollar with trepidation.
True, there were a few moments of trepidation towards the end of the Warriors' Game 5 113-104 Western Conference semifinal series-clinching win over the Pelicans.
The Spurs will approach the coming summer with a combination of trepidation and relief.
But the party approached Tuesday’s primary with some trepidation — because Dennis Kucinich was on the ballot.
Make no mistake, though, that Ohtani Fever was moving in on Globe Life Park, though with some trepidation.
Still, the questions about whether the $1 billion cleanup was bungled is causing trepidation among residents, some of whom have sunk their life savings into getting in on the ground floor of the new neighborhood.
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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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