tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
trembling or quivering movement; tremor.

1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiōn- (stem of trepidātiō), equivalent to trepidāt(us) (past participle of trepidāre to hurry, alarm; see trepid, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

trepidatious, adjective
trepidatiously, adverb

1. trembling, fright. 2. quivering, shaking. Unabridged
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trepidation (ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃən)
1.  a state of fear or anxiety
2.  a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety
[C17: from Latin trepidātiō, from trepidāre to be in a state of alarm; compare intrepid]

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Word Origin & History

1605, from L. trepidationem (nom. trepidatio) "agitation, alarm, trembling," noun of action from pp. stem of trepidare "to tremble, hurry," from trepidus "alarmed, scared," from PIE *trep- "to shake, tremble" (cf. Skt. trprah "hasty," O.C.S. trepetati "to tremble"), related to *trem- (see tremble).
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trepidation trep·i·da·tion (trěp'ĭ-dā'shən)

  1. An involuntary trembling or quivering.

  2. A state of anxious fear; apprehension.

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Example sentences
Holiday fliers know the trepidation of travel on some of the year's busiest
She goes out in trepidation, in order to do some shopping.
While others show trepidation before walking down empty corridors, she leads
  the way and beckons her companions to follow.
MAinly because by then, they've become self conscious and feel too much
  trepidation to ask questions.
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