Antonyms for fear

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : feer
Phonetic Transcription : fɪər

Definition of fear

Origin :
  • Old English fær "calamity, sudden danger, peril," from Proto-Germanic *feraz "danger" (cf. Old Saxon far "ambush," Old Norse far "harm, distress, deception," Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr "danger"), from PIE root *per- "to try, risk, come over, go through" (perhaps connected with Greek peira "trial, attempt, experience," Latin periculum "trial, risk, danger").
  • Sense of "uneasiness caused by possible danger" developed late 12c. Old English words for "fear" as we now use it were ege, fyrhto; as a verb, ondrædan.
  • noun alarm, apprehension
  • verb feel alarm; be scared of
Example sentences :
  • He was seized with fear for what he might do in his despair.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I fear you do not quite understand me," said the Professor.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870 » by Various
  • Aunt Jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • These shrinking hairs, they feared not death, but they seemed to fear Malbone.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • No suspicion or fear can be rightly directed toward our country.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • I have no fear of those enlargements of the Constitution that seem to be approaching.
  • Extract from : « The Grand Old Man » by Richard B. Cook
  • I fear that no other world call show its anything just like this.
  • Extract from : « The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse") » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And if I were to be at all observant of him, it must be from fear, not love.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • Was it not fear that had made his nerves so rocklike as he faced that crowd and made his get-away?
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand

Synonyms for fear

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