fear /ˈfɪ(ə)r/ 名詞
Fear n. A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion. [Obs.]
1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.
Note: ☞ 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. (a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being. (b) 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.”
Fear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Feared p. pr. & vb. n. Fearing.]
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.
Note: 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. A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife. [Obs.] [Written also fear and feere.]
And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere. --Spenser.
In fere, together; in company. [Obs.]
n 1: an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain
or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or
fight) [syn: fearfulness, fright] [ant: fearlessness]
2: an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up
out of fear of public reaction" [syn: concern, care]
3: a profound emotion inspired by a deity; "the fear of God"
[syn: reverence, awe, veneration]
v 1: be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible
or probable situation or event; "I fear she might get
2: be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the
winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
3: be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement; "I fear
I won't make it to your wedding party"
4: be uneasy or apprehensive about; "I fear the results of the
5: regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider
hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; "Fear God as your
father"; "We venerate genius" [syn: reverence, revere,