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[trep-i-dey-shuh n] /ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
Origin of trepidation
1595-1605; < Latin trepidātiōn- (stem of trepidātiō), equivalent to trepidāt(us) (past participle of trepidāre to hurry, alarm; see trepid, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
trepidatious, adjective
trepidatiously, adverb
1. trembling, fright. 2. quivering, shaking. Unabridged
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  • Holiday fliers know the trepidation of travel on some of the year's busiest dates.
  • 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.
  • The cutbacks in the federal budget are further exacerbated by the continuing trepidation of many venture capitalists.
  • If it senses any trepidation at all, it will try to own you.
  • Yes, you are more insecure and less audacious than your peers and have great trepidation facing the page.
  • Granted, until one is a full professor, there is still a little trepidation.
  • There is clearly some rumors, trepidation, expectations.
  • She came slowly near the window with trepidation clearly on her face.
British Dictionary definitions for trepidation


a state of fear or anxiety
a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety
Word Origin
C17: from Latin trepidātiō, from trepidāre to be in a state of alarm; compare intrepid
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Word Origin and History for trepidation

c.1600, from Latin trepidationem (nominative trepidatio) "agitation, alarm, trembling," noun of action from past participle stem of trepidare "to tremble, hurry," from trepidus "alarmed, scared," from PIE *trep- "to shake, tremble" (cf. Sanskrit trprah "hasty," Old Church Slavonic trepetati "to tremble"), related to *trem- (see tremble).

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trepidation in Medicine

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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