Adjective "fear" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm.
  1. 'fear of unemployment is paralysing the economy'
  2. 'Perhaps these liabilities were the reason dance audiences were small, but if so, people's fears were unfounded.'
  3. 'If you can swing the bat and get on base, it might strike even more fear in their eyes.'
  4. 'Meanwhile, the boy and his family live in constant fear of a reprisal.'
  5. 'Accordingly, I find that the applicants do not have a well-founded fear of persecution.'
  6. 'There was a look of genuine fear in his eyes, unsure as to whether or not she was real.'
  7. 'Accordingly, there was no arguable case that he had a well-founded fear of persecution.'
  8. 'Yet beneath Howard's rhetorical bravura, you sense a genuine fear of death.'
  9. 'He observed her without emotion once again, seeing the irrational fear in her eyes.'
  10. 'She breathed heavily and felt fear grip her body.'
  11. 'Ironically the figures consistently confirm that fear of crime is completely out of proportion with reality.'
  12. 'police launched a hunt for the family amid fears for their safety'
  13. 'A planning inspector has given the go-ahead for the site of a former jam factory at Easterton to be developed, despite fears over safety.'
  14. 'An absence of staff and police officers, lighting problems and limited use of security cameras have been identified as some of the factors behind safety fears.'
  15. 'He said research showed that the physical environment in which people live had a direct impact upon fears and concerns about their safety.'
  16. 'Airport officials are being invited to a meeting in Burley-in-Wharfedale amid fears about the safety of aircraft flying over the area.'
  17. 'The FA says the discrepancy arose due to fears about safety.'
  18. 'He had recently expressed fears for his safety.'
  19. 'Families spoke of their own fears about the safety of their own children.'
  20. 'That means passengers face further chaos and safety fears.'
  21. 'Their supporters have repeatedly expressed fears for their safety as long as they remain in Colombia.'
  22. 'But that is not enough to quash parental fears about its safety.'
  23. 'These words express fear of the possibility of a destructive risk that lurks in poetry.'
  24. 'A fear of the risk in making significant investment in automated applications is putting off many companies which could benefit.'
  25. 'He collapsed to the floor and Cain stood there; frozen in fear at what was happening next.'
  26. 'And what's the thing you most fear happening to man, with technology?'
  27. 'Having decided to remain here, it makes no sense that I walk around and live in total fear of what could happen to me.'
  28. 'I have a terrible fear of loss, I have a terrible fear of the unexpected happening.'
  29. 'Darren didn't say anything as he shivered from the cold and from his fear of what would happen to him now.'
  30. 'Walking into the room he was confused and overcome with fear of what might happen.'
  31. 'Is it right for society to live in fear and risk the chance of another murder?'
  32. 'Because of the history, there is a lot of fear of what may happen.'
  33. 'the love and fear of God'
  34. 'The Table is a place of feasting and refreshment, but also a place of mystery tinged with reverent fear.'


Be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or harmful.
  1. with clause 'farmers fear that they will lose business'
  2. 'They are likely to fear that federalism might lead to secession.'
  3. 'Economists fear unemployment is likely to persist for longer than in previous recessions.'
  4. 'Farmers fear huge losses as cracks have surfaced in the fields where paddy was sown recently.'
  5. 'When the person it was addressed to opened it, he feared it was dangerous and police were called in.'
  6. 'He explains that men see the world as a dangerous place and fear other men.'
  7. 'For a society which so worships youth and health and so fears disease and death, nothing could be more existentially devastating than the death of a child.'
  8. 'Some feared the dangerous ideas that might result from so many women confined in a large building.'
  9. 'Arable farmers who feared their crops would be washed away by continual downpours this time last year are now praying for rain.'
  10. 'Maybe that guy who fears snakes is just afraid of the image of the snake - the forked tongue, the rattling tail, the evilness inherent in the creature.'
  11. 'It prompted calls for Government help from Yorkshire farmers who feared losses running into tens of thousands of pounds.'
  12. 'The company, which employs 79 people, now fears for its future in the village.'
  13. 'A youth club approaching its first birthday is still going strong but the leader fears for the future of its community hall home.'
  14. 'A businessman from Manchester fears for his relatives trapped in the besieged city.'
  15. 'A mother living just across the road from the man's flat fears for the safety of her four young children.'
  16. 'She slumped against a pillar that stood stalwart in the mess of the city, fearing for the safety of those now under her charge.'
  17. 'Republicans across the city had feared for the future of the administration.'
  18. 'Since then she has not had any contact and fears for the islanders who have been coping without power and clean water.'
  19. 'If a citizen applies for a gun licence, it is because he fears for his life.'
  20. 'His resignation will be a tragedy for the city and I fear for some of his patients.'
  21. 'She says she now fears for the health of youngsters attending the nursery, in Hospital Fields Road.'
  22. 'she eventually feared to go out at all'
  23. 'We fear to punish unjustly so we've taken the sword from the hand of justice and given her a wet noodle.'
  24. 'Yet as long as they were killing us in small batches, we responded with passivity, fearing to stir up more trouble.'
  25. 'The new leaderships will have to enjoy credibility in the places where peacemakers fear to go.'
  26. 'We fear to leave and enter the houses at the front doors, and guess what?'
  27. 'What reservoir of feelings or sensibilities do we fear to assault by simply calling it so?'
  28. 'Not fearing to reunite old enemies alongside old friends, they are organising a school reunion for the class of 1978.'
  29. 'If angels fear to tread this particular route, few would blame them.'
  30. 'She wished to hide her face in her book, but feared to look unwomanly, so played with her gloves instead, looking down.'
  31. 'All I can say is that where emperors fear to tread, ordinary mortals must hesitate.'
  32. 'He says that most refugees fear to leave their apartment blocks on Friday or Saturday nights.'
  33. 'he urged his listeners to fear God'

More definitions

1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.Synonyms: foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm.Antonyms: courage, security, calm, intrepidity.

2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights.Synonyms: phobia, aversion; bête noire, bogy, bogey, bugbear.Antonyms: likin

More examples(as adjective)

"somes can be fear for welfares."

"people can be fear from authorities."

"people can be fear for healths."

"markets can be fear under pressures."

"investors can be fear from empires."

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Old English fǣr ‘calamity, danger’, fǣran ‘frighten’, also ‘revere’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gevaar and German Gefahr ‘danger’.


for fear of (or that)
never fear
no fear
put the fear of God in (or into) someone
without fear or favour