Definition of Trepidation

1. Noun. A feeling of alarm or dread.

Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Apprehensiveness, Dread



Definition of Trepidation

1. n. An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering.

Definition of Trepidation

1. Noun. A fearful state; a state of hesitation or concern. ¹

2. Noun. An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering. ¹

3. Noun. (astronomy obsolete) A libration of the starry sphere in the Ptolemaic system; a motion ascribed to the firmament, to account for certain small changes in the position of the ecliptic and of the stars. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trepidation

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Medical Definition of Trepidation

1. 1. An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering. 2. Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion; fright; as, the men were in great trepidation. 3. A libration of the starry sphere in the Ptolemaic system; a motion ascribed to the firmament, to account for certain small changes in the position of the ecliptic and of the stars. Synonym: Tremor, agitation, disturbance, fear. Origin: F. Trepidation, L. Trepidatio, fr. Trepidare to hurry with alarm, to tremble, from trepidus agitated, disturbed, alarmed; cf. Trepit he turns, Gr. To turn, E. Torture. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trepidation

trepans
trepeget
trephination
trephinations
trephine
trephine biopsy
trephined
trephines
trephining
trephocyte
trephones
trepid
trepidancy
trepidant
trepidatio cordis
trepidation (current term)
trepidations
trepidatious
trepidatiously
trepidatory
trepidities
trepidity
trepidly
treponaemiasis
treponaemicidal
treponema
treponema-immobilizing antibody
treponema immobilization test
treponema pallidum
treponemal

Literary usage of Trepidation

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1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"Funk (general), state of nervous trepidation, fear. ... But when the time for his examination drew on the little gentleman was seized with such trepidation, ..."

2. English Synonymes, with Copious Illustrations and Explanations, Drawn from by George Crabb (1854)
"TREMBLING, TREMOUR, trepidation. All these terms are derived from the very same source, (r. Jif nation), and designate a general state of agitation ..."

3. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"trepidation of the Lord Chancellor. Somerset's plot against Northumberland. ing I take the accounts myself of my own expences, and have learned how many ..."

4. History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent by George Bancroft (1860)
"For God's sake," replied Gage, in great trepidation, " what would you have me do ?" for he vacillated between a hope that the king would give way, ..."

5. History of the United States: From the Discovery of the American Continent by George Bancroft (1864)
"For God's sake," replied Gage, in great trepidation, " what would you have me do ?" for he vacillated between a hope that the king would give way ..."

6. The Diary and Letters of Gouverneur Morris: Minister of the United States to by Gouverneur Morris (1888)
"trepidation of the Bishop of Autun. Great tumult in Paris. Conversation with Madame de Nadaillac. The Chateau during the riot. ..."

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