A Word A Day : Trepidation
( Noun ) Trepidation
Word for 1 st August 2007: A Word A Day-Trepidation
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 tremblingEtymology:
Latin trepidation-, trepidatio, from trepidare to tremble, from trepidus agitated; probably akin to Old English thrafian to urge, push, Greek trapein to press grapesContextual 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. Synonyms:
4. CourageRelated Words:Trepidatious
:(Adjective) = with fear, full of trepidationIntrepid
:(Adjective) = fearless
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