A Word A Day : Trepidation

Word for 1 st August 2007: A Word A Day-Trepidation


( Noun )

Trepidation : (trep'i-da'shan)

1. A state of alarm or dread

2. An involuntary trembling or quivering

3. Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger

4. A feeling of alarm or dread

5. Nervous trembling


Latin trepidation-, trepidatio, from trepidare to tremble, from trepidus agitated; probably akin to Old English thrafian to urge, push, Greek trapein to press grapes

Contextual Examples:

• The nursery school students were filled with trepidation when they saw the other children in their class dressed in their Halloween costumes.

• The trepidation of the swimming team was readily apparent. Their knees were knocking as they lined up along the edge of the pool.

• With great trepidation, she agreed to manage the company during the crises.

• To be fearless is to be intrepid.

• The intrepid captain sailed his ship around the world with only a handkerchief for a sail.


1. Affright

2. Alarm

3. Apprehension

4. Dread

5. Fear

6. Fearfulness

7. Fright

8. Funk

9. Horror

10. Panic

11. Terror

12. Anxiety


1. Calm

2. Contentment

3. Happiness

4. Courage

Related Words:

Trepidatious:(Adjective) = with fear, full of trepidation

Intrepid:(Adjective) = fearless

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