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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
As America slouches toward the midterms, there is some trepidation over what rough beast will be born.
At the State Department, the shake-up was met with a mixture of relief and trepidation.
When excerpts from the discussion leaked to the New York Times earlier this week, a sense of trepidation, particularly among the critics community, seemed to follow.
The president last year, there was a lot of trepidation going into that NATO summit.
MoviePass users sighed with relief, but also a bit of trepidation.
But for some, there’s still at least a dash of trepidation about the new regime.
Women, in general, viewed market risk with more trepidation, and were likelier to build wealth by saving rather than investing.
Gallus approached his meeting with Samaras with great trepidation, fretting his engineering collaborators would be disappointed.
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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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