- ( Australia ) IPA: /fiə/, X-SAMPA: /fi@/
- ( UK ) IPA: /fɪə/, X-SAMPA: /fI@/
- ( US ) IPA: /fɪr/, X-SAMPA: /fir/
- Rhymes: -ɪə( r )
- ( uncountable ) A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat .
- ( countable ) A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone .
- ( uncountable ) Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or deity .
- ( 不可算: unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger ): dread, terror, fright
- ( countable: sense of fear induced by something or someone ): dread, phobia, scare, anxiety, apprehension
- ( extreme veneration ): awe, reverence, veneration
- See also Wikisaurus:fear
- ( obsolete, transitive ) To cause fear to; to frighten.
- ( transitive ) To feel fear about ( something ) .
- ( transitive ) To venerate; to feel awe towards .
- ( transitive ) Regret
- ( feel fear about ( something ) ): be afraid of, be frightened of, be scared of, be terrorised/terrorized be
- ( venerate ): be in awe of, revere, venerate
From Middle English feer, fere, fer, from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr ( “calamity, sudden danger, peril, sudden attack, terrible sight” ), from Proto-Germanic *fēran ( “danger” ), from Proto-Indo-European *per- ( “to attempt, try, research, risk” ). Cognate with Dutch gevaar ( “danger, risk, peril” ), German Gefahr ( “danger, risk, hazard” ), Swedish fara ( “danger, risk, peril” ), Latin perīculum ( “danger, risk, trial” ). Albanian frikë ( “fear,danger” ) and Romanian frǐca ( “fear” ) are also cognates, although probably influenced by an early Germanic variant .
From Middle English fere, feore, from Old English fēre ( “able to go, fit for service” ), from Proto-Germanic *fōriz, *fōrjaz ( “passable” ), from Proto-Indo-European *per- ( “to put across, ferry” ). Cognate with Scots fere, feir ( “well, active, sound” ), Middle High German gevüere ( “able, capable, fit, serviceable” ), Swedish för ( “capable, able, stout” ), Icelandic færr ( “able” ). Related to fare .
Explanation of fear by Wordnet Dictionary
- the fear of God
- Fear ( fēr ), n. A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion. [Obs.] Spenser.
- Fear, n. [OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. fǣr a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. fāra danger, G. gefahr, Icel. fār harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare, peril. See Fare.]
1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.
☞ The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most moderate, may be thus expressed, -- apprehension, fear, dread, fright, terror.
Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us. Locke.
Where no hope is left, is left no fear. Milton.
2. ( Script. ) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being. Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.
I will put my fear in their hearts. Jer. xxxii. 40.
I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Ps. xxxiv. 11.
Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear. Rom. xiii. 7.
3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness.
There were they in great fear, where no fear was. Ps. liii. 5.
The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise. Shak.
For fear, in apprehension lest. “For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more.” Shak.
- Fear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Feared ( fērd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Fearing.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. fǣran to terrify. See Fear, n.]
1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude.
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Ps. xxiii. 4.
With subordinate clause.
I greatly fear my money is not safe. Shak.
I almost fear to quit your hand. D. Jerrold.
2. To have a reverential awe of; to be solicitous to avoid the displeasure of.
Leave them to God above; him serve and fear. Milton.
3. To be anxious or solicitous for; now replaced by fear for. [R.]
The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children, therefore . . . I fear you. Shak.
4. To suspect; to doubt. [Obs.]
Ay what else, fear you not her courage? Shak.
5. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach of by fear. [Obs.]
Fear their people from doing evil. Robynson ( More's Utopia ).
Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs. Shak.
Syn. -- To apprehend; dread; reverence; venerate.
- Fear, v. i. To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.
I exceedingly fear and quake. Heb. xii. 21.
- Fere n. [OE. fere companion, AS. gefēra, from fēran to go, travel, faran to travel. √78. See Fare.] A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife. [Obs.] [Written also fear and feere.] Chaucer.
And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere. Spenser.
In fere, together; in company. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Definition of fear by GCIDE Dictionary