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Afraid vs. Fear

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Afraidadjective

Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.

‘He is afraid of death.’; ‘He is afraid to die.’; ‘He is afraid that he will die.’;

Fearnoun

(uncountable) A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.

‘He was struck by fear on seeing the snake.’;

Afraidadjective

(colloquial) regretful, sorry

‘I am afraid I cannot help you in this matter.’;

Fearnoun

(countable) A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone.

‘Not everybody has the same fears.’; ‘I have a fear of ants.’;

Afraid

Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive.

Fearnoun

(uncountable) Terrified veneration or reverence, particularly towards God, gods, or sovereigns.

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Afraidadjective

filled with fear or apprehension;

‘afraid even to turn his head’; ‘suddenly looked afraid’; ‘afraid for his life’; ‘afraid of snakes’; ‘afraid to ask questions’;

Fearverb

(transitive) To feel fear about (something or someone); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm.

‘I fear the worst will happen.’;

Afraidadjective

filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement;

‘I'm afraid I won't be able to come’; ‘he was afraid he would have to let her go’; ‘I'm afraid you're wrong’;

Fearverb

(intransitive) To feel fear (about something).

‘Never fear; help is always near.’; ‘She fears for her son’s safety.’;

Afraidadjective

feeling worry or concern or insecurity;

‘She was afraid that I might be embarrassed’; ‘terribly afraid of offending someone’; ‘I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict’;

Fearverb

(transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards.

‘People who fear God can be found in Christian churches.’;

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Afraidadjective

having feelings of aversion or unwillingness;

‘afraid of hard work’; ‘affaid to show emotion’;

Fearverb

(transitive) Regret.

‘I fear I have bad news for you: your husband has died.’;

Fearverb

To cause fear to; to frighten.

Fearverb

To be anxious or solicitous for.

Fearverb

To suspect; to doubt.

Fearadjective

(dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound.

‘hale and fear’;

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Fearnoun

A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion.

Fearnoun

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.’;

Fearnoun

Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being.

‘I will put my fear in their hearts.’; ‘I will teach you the fear of the Lord.’; ‘Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear.’;

Fearnoun

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.’;

Fearverb

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.’;

Fearverb

To have a reverential awe of; to be solicitous to avoid the displeasure of.

‘Leave them to God above; him serve and fear.’;

Fearverb

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.’;

Fearverb

To suspect; to doubt.

‘Ay what else, fear you not her courage?’;

Fearverb

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.’;

Fearverb

To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.

‘I exceedingly fear and quake.’;

Fearnoun

an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

Fearnoun

an anxious feeling;

‘care had aged him’; ‘they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction’;

Fearnoun

a profound emotion inspired by a deity;

‘the fear of God’;

Fearverb

be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event;

‘I fear she might get aggressive’;

Fearverb

be afraid or scared of; be frightened of;

‘I fear the winters in Moscow’; ‘We should not fear the Communists!’;

Fearverb

be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement;

‘I fear I won't make it to your wedding party’;

Fearverb

be uneasy or apprehensive about;

‘I fear the results of the final exams’;

Fearverb

regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of;

‘Fear God as your father’; ‘We venerate genius’;

Fear

Fear is an emotion induced by the perception or recognition of phenomena which can pose a danger or threat. Fear causes physiological changes and therefore may produce behavioral changes, such as mounting an aggressive response or fleeing the threat.

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