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trepidation

[trep-i-dey-shuh n] /ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2.
trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
Origin
1595-1605
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
Synonyms
1. trembling, fright. 2. quivering, shaking.
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  • One does not embark on such an exercise without considerable trepidations.
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British Dictionary definitions for trepidations

trepidation

/ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a state of fear or anxiety
2.
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 trepidations

trepidation

n.

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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trepidations in Medicine

trepidation trep·i·da·tion (trěp'ĭ-dā'shən)
n.

  1. An involuntary trembling or quivering.

  2. A state of anxious fear; apprehension.

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