• "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
    "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fearfulness the trait of being afraid
    • n fearfulness an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
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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: The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia
    • n Fearfulness The state of being fearful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Urophobia is the fear of urine or urinating
    • n fearfulness The quality of being fearful or timorous; timidity; awe; alarm; dread.
    • n fearfulness The quality of causing fear or alarm; dreadfulness.
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  • Franz Kafka
    “My fear... is my substance, and probably the best part of me.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.”
  • Lucius C. Lactantius
    Lucius C. Lactantius
    “Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.”
  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
  • Shirley Maclaine
    Shirley Maclaine
    “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”


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:

Fear not; take heart; hereafter, it may be These too will yield a pleasant tale to tell.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
One of its most fearful consequences would be the loss of our good opinion.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He did so fear, and he feared mightily, constantly and unendingly.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
I resolved however to show no fear.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
You need not fear that you have been mistaken in my character.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
They feared everything, they feared always.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
But he feared Bellfield more than he feared the brougham.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Moreover she was very sure of not meeting with Matazaemon, of whom she was in great fear.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
For the fear of death is a mighty fear, but it is nothing compared with the fear of man.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Yet I was not ashamed, for a brave soldier can proudly fear his God, his conscience and his King.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson

In poetry:

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
"My Psalm" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In sadness I withheld my prayer,
Hid under trembling fear;
In praise it blossoms, unaware,
Because the sun is near.
"A Heart's Prayer" by Lucy Larcom
"The heart of nature, pure and warm,
Offered thee glad and near
Tranquillities of noble form
And secrecies of fear.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
No longer with an open smile,
I greeted all around;
My fearful looks were fix'd the while,
In terror on the ground.
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
So when my Saviour calls I rise,
And calmly do my best;
Leaving to Him, with silent eyes
Of hope and fear, the rest.
"Sensitiveness" by John Henry Newman
And soon all selfish fear apart,
His native spirit rose,
The suffering Panther won his heart,
He only felt her woes.
"The Panther" by William Hayley

In news:

For Mexican voters beset by fear, few good choices.
The Parelli method builds trust between horses and people by simulating the way horses interact in the wild, working through the innate fear they have of people.
'Grexit': Are Greece's euro fears causing a $1-billion bank run .
Fear & Loathing in the Graveyard of the Weird.
Have no fear, fans of Gym Class Heroes.
Fears of Online Tracking Are Baseless .
Cape Fear Valley Health System CEO Mike Nagowski's salary now private.
It's a game that asks participants to launch their bodies into opponents without remorse or fear of injury.
D avid Bazan doesn't fear hell anymore.
Stan Kasten, the Dodgers' president and chief executive officer, said Thursday night that he fears Billingsley is done for the year.
The feared (but injured) Terrell Suggs.
Residents and coastal engineers were fearful that Hurricane Sandy would wash away the efforts of a beach renourishment in Fort Pierce.
House Candidate Fears Being Labeled a "Lobbyist"—Even Though She Is One.
Deep in Bedrock , Clean Energy and Quake Fears.
Roosevelt once said in his first inaugural speech, "The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself".

In science:

So, we can set λ = 1 without fear of missing any physics but it certainly simplifies our calculation.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
Therefore, we believe that the relatively shallow initial decay in the R-band light curve may not be as serious a problem as initially feared, particularly in view of the uncertainties mentioned earlier in making predictions of reverse shock emission.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
In this functional magnetic resonance imaging(fMRI) experiment, 20 healthy subjects studied neutral words in the context of a fearful or a neutral human face.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Fear and greed often lead to over-reactions and possible panics when the sentiments become negative, triggering herd selling which self-fulfills the very fears at their origin (Veldkamp, 2005).
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Any delay in the application process negatively affects other shortlisted individuals, who often accept other postdocs because they cannot wait indefinitely for fear that they will not receive a job at all.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists