• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trepidity Trepidation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trepidity The state of being trepid; trepidation; timidity: opposed to intrepidity.
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  • Daniel Day Lewis
    Daniel Day Lewis
    “Being at the center of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence -- the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.”


In literature:

He was not without trepidation.
"McClure's Magazine, March, 1896, Vol. VI., No. 4." by Various
He was in great trepidation for fear of the king's command.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
He had, in fact, rung the bell at the frowning portal in the rue de l'Universite with some trepidation.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
Our precautions and trepidations were wasted.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
Perhaps Josephine mistook his sudden silence for trepidation, or humility.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
John laughed without mirth at the other's ludicrous trepidation.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
About my bet I feel no trepidation.
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
In the car I found a "gay-cat," who displayed unusual trepidation at my entrance.
"The Road" by Jack London
In some trepidation he drew back and would have closed the door but for her eager remonstrance.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
I entered the room, then, in some trepidation, but was instantly relieved.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu

In poetry:

Alas, my memory
Does not want to leave me
And in it, live beings
Each with its own pain,
Each with its own dying,
Its own trepidation.
"A Poem For the End of the Century" by Czeslaw Milosz
Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears;
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne
Dream-dispensing face of hers!
Ivory port which loosed upon me
Wings, I wist,
Whose amethyst
Trepidations have forgone me, -
Hesper's filmy traffickers!
"Scala Jacobi Portaque Eburnea" by Francis Thompson

In news:

Trepid vs Dorian 's Fall vs Losing Anna – Homegrown Picks of the Week.
Investors waited with great trepidation on October 25 as two technology giants.
As kids begin packing off to their first year of college, the excitement of a new school, a new city and new friends is inevitably accompanied by just a small bit of trepidation.
Trepid vs Dorian's Fall vs Losing Anna – Homegrown Picks of the Week.
I am typing on my iPad in an effort to get my mind off the fear and trepidation I feel as we approach I-40 which will take us from Jackson, Tenn.
Her interest in beekeeping began four years ago with fear and trepidation and has since grown into a life passion.
With some trepidation, he accepted his coaches' decision to move him to defensive line.
PHILADELPHIA — Chris Isaak figures it was normal to feel some trepidation going to record for the first time at the storied Sun Studio in Memphis.
No one concerned with Asia's past, her present, or especially her future can or should view the worsening Japan-China territorial crisis without alarm, trepidation, and sadness.
With extreme trepidation I approached the building.
PRUDENCE ISLAND — Ruth Boivin took the ferry over to Prudence Island last week with some trepidation.
It's graduation day at Southeastern Guide Dogs, and a student clings to the reins of a perfectly composed Labrador retriever, anticipation mixing with trepidation as he contemplates life with a brand-new pair of eyes.
In the spring of 2009, we followed their every exploit on the high seas with obsessive trepidation.
When New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant visited Walt Disney World last year, she brought along her young grandchildren and more than a little trepidation.
External thrusters take the trepidation out of docking.

In science:

Despite Kennicutt’s suggestion that the SINGS/HUGS community is the team to join, even he agreed that the darker forces employing all-seeing eyes such as SAURON should be watched with interest, if not trepidation.
Island Universes
However, we all await ALEPH’s final full-data-sample global analysis with trepidation! Can we resolve branching fraction discrepancies in the hπ0 and 3h modes simply by improving measurements, making older, disagreeable values irrelevant? Apparently so.
Experimental Summary on Hadronic Decays: A TAU98 Review
Therefore, when the organizers of the Andr´e Swieca summer school asked me to choose a few topics on which to speak at the school, I agreed with a lot of trepidation.
Selected topics in integrable models