Less than a month before Election Day, Pressler seems to be feeling some trepidation about his movement in the polls.
Every day he cautiously emerged from his hotel filled with trepidation.
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.
George Will put it more primly, but with the same sense of trepidation.
Asked whether he had any trepidation about joining a show about a bunch of Hollywood brats, Johnson said yes.
The captain with some trepidation seized the instrument, and talked in low tones while the rest remained silent.
The expectation of our first meeting filled me with trepidation.
"I beg your pardon, sir," he said, and his trepidation was apparent in his voice.
Porteous followed, and watched the ululating child with some trepidation.
Thus was the watching and waiting, in a flutter of trepidation and newly aroused passion.
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).
trepidation trep·i·da·tion (trěp'ĭ-dā'shən)
An involuntary trembling or quivering.
A state of anxious fear; apprehension.