fearful

[feer-fuhl]
adjective
1.
causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.
2.
feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude: fearful for his life; fearful lest he commit suicide.
3.
full of awe or reverence: fearful of the Lord.
4.
showing or caused by fear: fearful behavior.
5.
extreme in size, intensity, or badness: a fearful head cold; fearful poverty.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English ferful. See fear, -ful

fearfully, adverb
fearfulness, noun
overfearful, adjective
overfearfully, adverb
overfearfulness, noun
prefearful, adjective
prefearfully, adverb
unfearful, adjective
unfearfully, adverb
unfearfulness, noun

fearful, fearsome.


2. afraid, timid, timorous, apprehensive, uneasy, distrustful; solicitous, anxious, concerned, worried.
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fearful (ˈfɪəfʊl)
 
adj
1.  having fear; afraid
2.  causing fear; frightening
3.  informal very unpleasant or annoying: a fearful cold
 
'fearfulness
 
n

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fearful
mid-14c., causing fear, from fear + -ful. Meaning full of fear, timid (now rare) is from mid-14c. As a mere emphatic, from 1630s. Related: Fearfully; fearfulness-.
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Example sentences
Once it became a little less unknown it became a little less fearful.
Fearful of lawsuits, they are consumed by the legal obligations of personnel
  policies.
As the protests persist, people are fearful yet defiant.
The lack of socialization to people and the outside world can cause a dog to be
  fearful.
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