Definition of trepidation
- trepidation about starting a new job
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He had some trepidation about agreeing to their proposal.
shaking with trepidation, I stepped into the old abandoned house
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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.
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