[ noun ] an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
After this holocaust , a changing world occupied the minds of men ; a world beset with new boundaries , new treaties and governments , new goals and methods , and the age-old fears of aggression and subjugation - hunger and exposure .(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)
Not through fear of disobeying orders , as Eichmann kept trying to explain , but through a peculiar giddiness that began in a half acceptance of the vicious absurdities contained in the Nazi interpretation of history and grew with each of Hitler 's victories into a permanent light_mindedness and sense of magical rightness that was able to respond to any proposal , and the more outrageous the better , `` Well , let 's try it '' .(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)
The first rattle of the machine_guns , at 7 : 10 in the evening , roused around me the varied voices and faces of fear .
Throughout the land their hit-and-run terrorists spread fear of ambush and death .(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)
The socialism implicit_in the slogan of the Roosevelt Revolution , freedom from want and fear , seems a far cry from the individualism of the First_Amendment to the Constitution , or of the Jacksonian frontier .
[ verb ] be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event
"I fear she might get aggressive"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
Many local citizens feared that there would be irregularities at the polls , and Williams got himself a permit to carry a gun and promised an orderly election .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
We are not now afraid of atomic_bombs in the same way that people once feared comets .
Small wonder , then , that we fear .(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
`` I fear explanations explanatory of things explained '' , he said , leaving the biter bit - and bitter .
[ verb ] be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
"I fear the winters in Moscow" "We should not fear the Communists!"
Used in print(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
His religious_beliefs provide him with plausible explanations for many conditions which cause him great concern , and his religious faith makes possible fortitude , equanimity , and consolation , enabling him to endure colossal misfortune , fear , frustration , uncertainty , suffering , evil , and danger .(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
For he feared the Lake_of_Fire .(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)
`` The political and intellectual Left began fighting humor and comedy years ago , because they fear things they do not understand and cannot manage , such_as satire and irony , such_as humor and comedy .
[ noun ] an anxious feeling
"care had aged him" "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
Used in print(Allan J. Braff and Roger F. Miller, "Wage-Price...)
Where the industry 's product price has been kept below the `` profit_maximizing '' and `` entry limiting '' prices due_to fears of public reaction , the profit seeking producers have an interest in offering little real resistance to wage demands .
The threat of effective anti-trust action , provoked by `` gouging the public '' through price increases not justified by cost increases , and fears of endangering relations with customers , Congress , the general public and the press , all operate to keep price increases in some relation to cost increases .(Harry Olesker, Impact....)
She had skipped her lunch hour in the fear that he might call while she was out .
[ verb ] be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement
: "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
Used in print(Vina Delmar, The Big Family....)
`` More arrests , I fear '' .
[ verb ] be uneasy or apprehensive about
"I fear the results of the final exams"
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 25619