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
• 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.
Trepidatious:(Adjective) = with fear, full of trepidation
Intrepid:(Adjective) = fearless
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