Origin: 1350–1400;Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latinapprehēnsiōn- (stem of apprehēnsiō), equivalent to apprehens- (see apprehensible) + -iōn--ion
Synonyms 1. alarm, worry, uneasiness; suspicion. Apprehension, anxiety, misgiving imply an unsettled and uneasy state of mind. Apprehension is an active state of fear, usually of some danger or misfortune: apprehension before opening a telegram.Anxiety is a somewhat prolonged state of apprehensive worry: anxiety because of a reduced income.Misgiving implies a dubious uncertainty or suspicion, as well as uneasiness: to have misgivings about the investment.5. capture.
1570s, "seizure on behalf of authority," from L. apprehensionem (nom. apprehensio), noun of action from apprehendere (see apprehend). Meaning "lay hold of with the mind" is attested from 1580s; that of "anticipation" (usually with dread) is recorded from c.1600.