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fearful

[ feer-fuhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF fearful
  • adj.alarmed, apprehensive
  • adj.horrifying

Synonyms for fearful

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Antonyms for fearful

  • bold
  • brave
  • calm
  • composed
  • confident
  • cool
  • easy-going
  • extroverted
  • fearless
  • happy
  • laid-back
  • unafraid
  • unworried
  • courageous
  • good
  • inapprehensive
  • nice
  • pleasant
  • unfearful
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEARFUL

Has this fearful pestilence no power to restrain the appetites and passions of the people?

Though the cove was more quiet than the ocean, yet it was fearful enough, even there.

That fearful alley was no place for human beings; certainly not for these two.

The sympathy of it stirred the listener to fearful memories.

Your da's death was a fearful blow to her, and she never overed it.

"He seems to have told you a fearful lot," John sarcastically exclaimed.

She felt how deeply he had loved her—she knew how fearful would be his grief.

For a fearful moment I thought that she was going to propose.

With a fearful roar the bear fell over and began struggling.

Within a few minutes began to have fearful pains in stomach, followed by cramps.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "causing fear," from fear + -ful. Meaning "full of fear, timid" (now less common) also is from mid-14c. As a mere emphatic, from 1630s. Related: Fearfully; fearfulness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FEARFUL

alarmed

adjectivefrightened
  • afraid
  • anxious
  • aroused
  • fearful
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