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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEAR

He was seized with fear for what he might do in his despair.

"I fear you do not quite understand me," said the Professor.

Aunt Jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."

These shrinking hairs, they feared not death, but they seemed to fear Malbone.

The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.

I have no fear of those enlargements of the Constitution that seem to be approaching.

And if I were to be at all observant of him, it must be from fear, not love.

No suspicion or fear can be rightly directed toward our country.

I fear that no other world call show its anything just like this.

Was it not fear that had made his nerves so rocklike as he faced that crowd and made his get-away?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English fær "calamity, sudden danger, peril," from Proto-Germanic *feraz "danger" (cf. Old Saxon far "ambush," Old Norse far "harm, distress, deception," Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr "danger"), from PIE root *per- "to try, risk, come over, go through" (perhaps connected with Greek peira "trial, attempt, experience," Latin periculum "trial, risk, danger").

Sense of "uneasiness caused by possible danger" developed late 12c. Old English words for "fear" as we now use it were ege, fyrhto; as a verb, ondrædan.

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