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Friday, April 18, 2003

Definitions for trepidation

  1. [Archaic] An involuntary trembling; quaking; quivering.
  2. A state of dread or alarm; nervous agitation; apprehension; fright.

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Citations for trepidation
A sense of triumph was in the air as people bravely went to the polls, but a sense of trepidation, too. "It is the happiest day of my life," a woman told me near Dili's Santa Cruz cemetery. "But it is also my day of greatest fear." Matthew Jardine, The Progressive
The ghost then disappeared, and as soon as Grosse could recover himself from the extreme trepidation, . . . he looked about him, and finding himself alone, he exclaimed, "Ghost or devil, I will soon prove whether or not thou liest!" Ernest Rhys (editor), The Haunters & the Haunted
Origin of trepidation
Trepidation is from Latin trepidatio, from the past participle of trepidare, "to hurry with alarm, to tremble," from trepidus, "agitated, restless, disturbed." It is related to intrepid, "bold" (from in-, "not" + trepidus).