• "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
    "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv fearfully in fear, "she hurried down the stairs fearfully"
    • adv fearfully in an alarming manner "they were fearfully attacked"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The woodpecker fled in fear." "The woodpecker fled in fear."
Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329 Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329
Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army
Androcles cowers in fear as the lion enters the cave Androcles cowers in fear as the lion enters the cave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A gynephobic man fears women.
    • adv Fearfully In a fearful manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Phobophobia is a fear of fearing.
    • fearfully With or from fear; in a timorous or cowardly manner.
    • fearfully In a manner to cause fear or awe.
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  • Cus D'Amato
    Cus D'Amato
    “A fighter has to know fear.”
  • Freeman Dyson
    Freeman Dyson
    “It's better to get mugged than to live a life of fear.”
  • E. E. Eddison
    E. E. Eddison
    “He without fear is king of the world.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Fear always springs from ignorance.”
  • Epictetus
    “For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Fear guides more than gratitude.”


Fools rush in where angels fear to tread - This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.


In literature:

We may come out all right, but there is a lurking fear of some pitfall or unknown danger ahead of us.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I began to grow anxious, and communicated my fears to Arthur, who sat next to me.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
My fear was that Oliver would sink before I could reach him.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
No fear about the rest.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
At last I began to fear that I should be unable to hold on long enough.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
And although he sees no cause to apprehend immediate violence, confesses his fears for the future.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Weak dynasties will find tranquillity in the fears of more august powers.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
I begin to fear Some mischief from this Andrian.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
I fear, Senor Capitan, you are the Don Juan de Tenorio of the north.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Many a fear can be dispersed by a ready remembrance.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
There's no fear but they'll be brought through.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Dark precipices frown me into fear, and my head reels with a dizzy faintness.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
You desecrate our sacred memories when you allow small suspicions and fears to enter your thoughts of me.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We never fear a real thing; we fear only our false thoughts of things.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I feared to go on with either, because they were sisters, but lust got the better of my fears.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Hast thou been to that fearful spot, where mortal foot hath feared to tread?
"Comic Tragedies" by Louisa M. Alcott
A terrified shudder swept across her features, and her lips parted with fear.
"To Win the Love He Sought" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It then took the more fearful shape of a war.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Again he felt the throb in his thigh, and it triggered a wave of fear that swept upward from his stomach.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Trembling with fear, I threw myself on the bed.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman

In poetry:

"I fear I cannot please," he said,
"The only songs I know
Are those my mother used to sing
To me long years ago."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Aw thowt tha'd order him away,
An' mak a fearful row,
But tha niver tuk noa nooatice,
Just as if tha didn't know.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
To-morrow and to-morrow went,
But though my youth was flying,
I was reluctant to repent,
having no fear of dying.
"Repentance" by Robert W Service
Light of resurrection gleamed,
In what shape we cannot hear;
Glory shone of the redeemed
Beyond this world of fear.
"The Mysteries Of Eleusis" by Annie Adams Fields
He had neede of store of tyme
That would his pen prepare,
To sett forth theire agonyes
Theire dredd hope and feare.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
Forbid, forbid the sharp reproach
Which I so justly fear;
Uphold my life, uphold my hopes,
Not let my shame appear.
"Psalm 119 part 12" by Isaac Watts

In news:

For someone who has a severe fear of spiders, this is the ultimate prank that eventually leads into a great newscast blooper .
"This sad holiday season we didn't have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga' Ale".
If you've ever encountered a baby bird fallen from its nest, you probably recalled your mother warning you to stay away for fear of imparting your human scent.
Bluebirds in the Cape Fear have a new place to call home.
But there's only one that I fear -- not because it's strong or because it tastes nasty.
His girlfriend said he showed no sign of fear during the theater shooting.
Maliki's Impact Blunted By Own Party's Fears.
Your Child's Top 3 Classroom Fears: A Back-to-School Infographic.
Fear and loathing in the SoHum health care district race.
Paul Giamatti on the pleasures of fearing the bogeyman .
The Bogeyman 's Back, Striking Fear Into Haitians.
Attack raises fears of return to violence.
Fear not, Gossip Girl fans: Penn Badgley will be fuzz-free in no time.
At this year's Cannes Film Market, foreign sales companies are rushing in where studios fear to tread.
A Detroit-area candy store is recalling some chocolate-covered peanuts because of salmonella fears.

In science:

The diagonal elements of Hij can be obtained from |xi | simply by exponentiation without fear of numerical overflow or loss of accuracy.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
We hesitate to adopt this notation, however, because we fear it would incorrectly suggest that the concept is first-order expressible, which isn’t the case. (i) There is no uniform definition of the class of definable elements.
Pointwise Definable Models of Set Theory
These herding phases may appear with strengths governed by certain fear levels, corresponding to volatility ranges.
Statistical Methods for Estimating the non-random Content of Financial Markets
These herding phases may appear with strengths governed by certain fear levels, corresponding to volatility domains.
About the non-random Content of Financial Markets
So there is reason to fear that by abstracting a program to a (MC , Z)-CTS we might lose crucial information.
Bounded Termination of Monotonicity-Constraint Transition Systems
Fear of marrying PWDs as they may give birth to PWDs.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Wanting control over any situation is usually triggered by the fear of losing control over it.
Music in Terms of Science
Notice finally that the kinetic mixing is not a source of any particular problem or complication, as feared in previous analyses.
A Motivated Non-Standard Supersymmetric Spectrum
In conclusion, I fear the authors have not made a proper case in favour of confidence distributions.
Comments on "Confidence distribution, the frequentist distribution estimator of a parameter --- a review" by Min-ge Xie and Kesar Singh
As with the representative area plots of Fig. 9 and Fig. 10, this demonstrates that the spin-up time for puma under these conditions is approximately 25-30 days, after which data may be taken without fear of compromising the results with spurious spin-up effects.
Benchmark experiments with global climate models applicable to extra-solar gas giant planets in the shallow atmosphere approximation
It might be feared that, because the strange modes are surface modes their driving could be destroyed by convection.
Nonlinear Pulsations
In case the DE has too many terms, this step is worth being programmed on a computer, by fear of missing some families.
The Painlev\'e approach to nonlinear ordinary differential equations
We are implementing all possible trace relations for the N = 3 and N = 2 case and will then be able to compare to the basis chosen by Fearing and Scherer (1996). 1 We also enjoyed the collaboration of J.
Report of the Working Group on Goldstone Boson Production and Decay
For Nf = 3, this Lagrangian was first written down by Fearing and Scherer (1996) but some of their terms are redundant.
Chiral symmetry
A very fearful squirrel is careful enough never to go farther than a distance R from its burrow.
Oscar's Physics Phaire: A Collection of Problems