• "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
    "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fear regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of "Fear God as your father","We venerate genius"
    • v fear be afraid or scared of; be frightened of "I fear the winters in Moscow","We should not fear the Communists!"
    • v fear be uneasy or apprehensive about "I fear the results of the final exams"
    • v fear be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
    • v fear be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event "I fear she might get aggressive"
    • n fear an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
    • n fear a feeling of profound respect for someone or something "the fear of God","the Chinese reverence for the dead","the French treat food with gentle reverence","his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
    • n fear an anxious feeling "care had aged him","they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
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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: Urophobia is the fear of urine or urinating
    • Fear A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. "Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us.""Where no hope is left, is left no fear ."
    • n Fear fēr A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion.
    • Fear (Script) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being.
    • Fear (Script) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.
    • Fear That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness. "There were they in great fear, where no fear was.""The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise."
    • Fear To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach of by fear. "Fear their people from doing evil.""Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs."
    • Fear To be anxious or solicitous for; now replaced by fear for. "The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children, therefore . . . I fear you."
    • v. i Fear To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil. "I exceedingly fear and quake."
    • Fear To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude. "I will fear no evil, for thou art with me."
    • Fear To have a reverential awe of; to be solicitous to avoid the displeasure of. "Leave them to God above; him serve and fear ."
    • Fear To suspect; to doubt. "Ay what else, fear you not her courage?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables
    • n fear A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil or harm, and accompanied by a strong desire to escape it; an active feeling of dread of which fright and terror are the intenser degrees; hence, apprehension or dread in general. Strong and sudden fear is accompanied by extreme physical disturbances, as trembling, paling, impairment of the power of speech and action, etc.
    • n fear Anxiety; solicitude.
    • n fear A cause or object of fear.
    • n fear Formidableness; aptness to cause fear.
    • n fear Reverence; respect for rightful authority; especially, reverence manifesting itself in obedience.
    • n fear Synonyms See alarm. Concern, dread. Veneration, reverence, awe.
    • fear To frighten; affright; terrify; drive away or keep away by fear.
    • fear To feel a painful apprehension of, as some impending evil; be afraid of; consider or expect with emotions of alarm or solicitude.
    • fear To reverence; have a reverential awe of; venerate.
    • fear To have fear for; have anxiety about; be solicitous for.
    • fear To be frightened; be afraid; be in apprehension of evil; feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.
    • fear To be in anxious uncertainty; doubt.
    • n fear See feer.
    • fear Able; capable; stout; strong; sound: as, hale and fear (whole and entire, well and sound).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Althaiophobia is the fear of marshmallows
    • n Fear fēr a painful emotion excited by danger: apprehension of danger or pain: alarm: the object of fear: aptness to cause fear:
    • v.t Fear to regard with fear: to expect with alarm: :
    • v.i Fear to be afraid: to be in doubt
    • n Fear fēr (Spens.) a companion.
    • n Fear fēr (B.) deep reverence: piety towards God
    • v.t Fear (B.) to stand in awe of: to venerate
    • v.t Fear (obs.) to terrify: to make afraid
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  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope.”
  • Confucius
    “If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?”
  • George S. Patton
    “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. fǣr, a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. fāra, danger, G. gefahr, Icel. fār, harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare, peril,. See Fare


In literature:

Daniel feared him no longer, since he had given up hoping for anything from him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Thus, while I feared him, my fear was mingled with filial love.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
His masters therefore had no fear but that Marengo would "put up" the trumpeter.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
O mother, I'm feared, I'm feared!
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
He had little fear of rebellion now.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
For when that fearful being had spoken, as I have told thee, I hid my eyes for very fear.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
With anxious fear you bind me: you alone have taught me to fear.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
It was like a fearful monster, gnashing its dripping jaws in the scared face of the multitude, in the flesh of its victims.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The other is not near yet: besides, she may fear to approach the fire!
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Our good German and Scandinavian parents, in the light of these figures, need not fear losing many members to purely English churches.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther

In poetry:

Turn something of Thy look,
And fear me with rebuke,
That I
May timorously
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
While through the meadows,
Like fearful shadows,
Slowly passes
A funeral train.
"Afternoon in February" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
and shapes more fearful
because I feared
what I did not know
but have wanted to know.
"A Form Of Women" by Robert Creeley
Something kept repeating,
Seemed his heart to graze:
Tighten up the saddle,
Fear the watering-place.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
The other halfe.
Euen so thinkes me.
For if we all togither were
We should the lesser neede to feare.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
I knew that my Redeemer lived;
I did not fear to die;
Full sure that I should rise again
To immortality.
"In Memory Of A Happy Day In February" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Pricing fear from the bottom up.
Failure to practice critical thinking and telling the truth institutionalizes a culture of fear.
A recall of canned food last year after an FDA probe marked the first time in 33 years that botulism fears were raised in connection with US canneries.
If you happen to live on the city's now-glitzy skid row, you should be high and dry, at least for the time being, so fear not for a slip-up during the mayor's storm update this morning.
Iraqi Shiites brace for violence amid Syria fears.
Brussels is bracing itself for a battle with David Cameron as fears grow that the British prime minister will block a proposed €1tn seven-year spending plan and push for a two-tier EU budget.
But it happened to one little girl right here in the Cape Fear, and it may be more common than you think.
Spain fears pull down stocks Michael Birnbaum and Steven Mufson.
Kenyan Christians fear former brethren are attacking churches.
Fears for more layoffs loom as budget shortfall challenges lawmakers.
Mounting Economic Fears Thrash Wall Street in Broad-Based Retreat.
Don't just "Fear the Brow ," fear the businessman.
Will Anthony Davis Get His "Fear the Brow " Trademark.
I kept waiting fearfully for an ice cream truck to zoom by and send one of the kids reeling.
Police fear escalated gang violence in B.C.

In science:

Fearing argues that field transformations which leave the S -matrix unaltered affect any additonal off-shell contributions, different from those which are necessary consequences of the on-shell NN interaction, in an arbitrary manner, allowing them to be eliminated entirely.
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061
Fearing envisages computing the NN scattering amplitude both on-shell and off-shell from some model (such as a potential model) of the NN interaction, and using it (represented by shaded areas) in bremsstrahlung graphs such as Fig. 1 (a)–(c).
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061
Fearing therefore asserts that offshell contributions to the amplitude are inextricably intermixed with irreducible contact terms which are intrinsically impossible to compute in a potential model of the NN interaction.
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061
More important are Fearing’s arguments using field transformations.
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061
One could in principle enumerate all possible EOM contributions to the effective Lagrangian of the underlying field theory, consistent with all necessary symmetries, and include them with arbitrary coefficients analogous to the β ’s of Fearing’s pion model.
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061