Fearful

  • 1 fearful — 1 Fearful, apprehensive, afraid are comparable when they mean inspired or moved by fear. In such use they are normally followed by of, that, or lest, afraid being never and fearful and apprehensive infrequently used attributively in this sense.… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 fearful — fearful, fearsome 1. Fearful means ‘full of fear; frightened, apprehensive’, usually with reference to something specific, and is normally followed by of or by a clause introduced by that or lest: • Eisenhower s official policy was to remain… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 Fearful — Fear ful (f[=e]r f[.u]l), a. 1. Full of fear, apprehension, or alarm; afraid; frightened. [1913 Webster] Anxious amidst all their success, and fearful amidst all their power. Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclined to fear; easily frightened;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 fearful — [fir′fəl] adj. 1. causing fear; terrifying; dreadful 2. feeling fear; afraid 3. showing or resulting from fear [a fearful look] 4. Informal very bad, offensive, great, etc. [a fearful liar] SYN. AFRAID fearfulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 fearful — [adj1] alarmed, apprehensive aflutter, afraid, aghast, agitated, anxious, chicken, chickenhearted*, diffident, discomposed, disquieted, disturbed, fainthearted, frightened, goosebumpy*, have cold feet*, hesitant, in a dither*, intimidated,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 fearful — index dire, formidable, ineffable, ominous, pending (imminent), portentous (ominous), recreant …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 fearful — mid 14c., “causing fear,” from FEAR (Cf. fear) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning “full of fear, timid” (now less common) also is from mid 14c. As a mere emphatic, from 1630s. Related: Fearfully; fearfulness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 fearful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) showing or causing fear. 2) informal very great. DERIVATIVES fearfully adverb fearfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 fearful — [[t]fɪ͟ə(r)fʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ of n, ADJ that If you are fearful of something, you are afraid of it. [FORMAL] Bankers were fearful of a world banking crisis... I had often been very fearful, very angry, and very… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 fearful — adjective Date: 14th century 1. causing or likely to cause fear, fright, or alarm especially because of dangerous quality < a fearful storm > 2. a. full of fear < fearful for his safety > b. indicating or arising from fear < a fearful glance > c …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 fearful — fearfully, adv. fearfulness, n. /fear feuhl/, adj. 1. causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition. 2. feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude: fearful for his life; fearful lest he commit suicide. 3. full of awe or… …

    Universalium

  • 12 fearful — fear|ful [ˈfıəfəl US ˈfır ] adj 1.) formal frightened that something might happen ▪ a shy and fearful child fearful of ▪ People are fearful of rising crime in the area. fearful that ▪ Officials are fearful that the demonstrations will cause new… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 fearful — fear|ful [ fırfl ] adjective 1. ) frightened: Fearful parents kept their children indoors. fearful (that): We re fearful that fighting will start up again. fearful of: Fearful of another attack, civilians fled the capital. 2. ) INFORMAL OLD… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 fearful — UK [ˈfɪə(r)f(ə)l] / US [ˈfɪrf(ə)l] adjective 1) frightened Fearful parents kept their children indoors. fearful (that): We re fearful that fighting will start up again. fearful of: Fearful of another attack, civilians are fleeing the capital. 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 fearful — adj. 1) fearful of 2) fearful that + clause (they were fearful that the river would flood) * * * [ fɪəf(ə)l] fearful of fearful that + clause (they were fearful that the river would flood) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 fearful — adjective 1 formal frightened that something might happen (+ of): The defenders are fearful of another attack. | fearful that: fearful that the disease may strike again 2 BrE extremely bad : be in a fearful state/condition/mess: The room was in a …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 fearful — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become, grow ▪ remain …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 fearful — AV uses ‘fearful’ for both feeling fear and inspiring fear, but modern versions distinguish between the two. ‘Fearful sights’ (AV, Luke 21:11) becomes ‘terror’ (REB), but at Heb. 10:31 NRSV retains ‘It is fearful to fall into the hands of the… …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 19 fearful — adjective 1) they are fearful of being overheard Syn: afraid, frightened, scared (stiff), scared to death, terrified, petrified; alarmed, panicky, nervous, tense, apprehensive, uneasy, worried (sick), anxious; informal jittery, jumpy 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 fearful — fear•ful [[t]ˈfɪər fəl[/t]] adj. 1) causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful blizzard[/ex] 2) feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude; apprehensive; anxious 3) full of awe or reverence 4) showing or caused by fear: fearful… …

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