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fearful - Dictionary definition and meaning for word fearful

(adj) experiencing or showing fear
Example Sentence
  • a fearful glance
  • fearful of criticism

(adj) causing fear or dread or terror
Example Sentence
  • the awful war
  • an awful risk
  • dire news
  • a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
  • the dread presence of the headmaster
  • polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
  • a dreadful storm
  • a fearful howling
  • horrendous explosions shook the city
  • a terrible curse

(adj) lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
Synonyms : cowardly
Example Sentence
  • cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then

(adj) extremely distressing
Synonyms : frightful
Example Sentence
  • fearful slum conditions
  • a frightful mistake

(adj) timid by nature or revealing timidity
Synonyms : timorous , trepid
Example Sentence
  • timorous little mouse
  • in a timorous tone
  • cast fearful glances at the large dog

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