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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
Alterboyz's scenes are full of pregnant pauses, which read as trepidation about the next line or where a scene is headed.
Then, in March, came a surprise announcement: The United States and North Korea said Trump and Kim would meet this spring — inspiring both hope and trepidation in the region.
Once Washington won and claimed a 2–1 series lead, any weariness and trepidation hanging around before the game was gone from the streets of D.C.
That trepidation might be part of the issue for some authors.
Travelers are showing trepidation, even though the volcanic eruption is contained to a small sliver of the island that is far from where tourists usually stay.
Matthew Dean, leader of the city's local council, said people viewed the arrival of additional military personnel with a mix of nonchalance and trepidation.
An attorney for Janus dismissed those trepidations.
The shooting restored the trepidation, but only in the short run.
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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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