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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
But there was some trepidation after the Broncos had lost one of their starting pitchers, Damian Munoz, who went 6-0 last year.
And other travelers have shared my trepidation: Following the 2011 Arab Spring, the region saw an eight percent decline in visitors, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization.
Their trepidation, and Mr. Molinaro’s challenge, are not hard to understand: New York is a profoundly blue state, with enrolled Democratic voters outnumbering Republicans by more than 2 to 1.
Was there any trepidation on your part that maybe the skeptics would be proven right?
The decision pleased environmental groups and was greeted with trepidation by farming associations, which fear economic harm.
Was there any trepidation about introducing dishes like shakshouka or kibbeh nayeh to New Orleans?
Much of the discussion here revolved around the mere anticipation of, and some trepidation about, Trump’s arrival.
There’s still some trepidation over whether shoppers will want to shell out $70 for the Labo Variety Kit or $80 for the more elaborate (that is, totally awesome-looking) Robot Kit.
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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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