trepidation


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trep·i·da·tion

 (trĕp′ĭ-dā′shən)
n.
1. A state of alarm or dread; apprehension. See Synonyms at fear.
2. Archaic An involuntary trembling or quivering.

[Latin trepidātiō, trepidātiōn-, from trepidātus, past participle of trepidāre, to be in a state of confusion, from trepidus, anxious.]

trep′i·da′tious (-shəs) adj.

trepidation

(ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃən)
n
1. a state of fear or anxiety
2. a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety
[C17: from Latin trepidātiō, from trepidāre to be in a state of alarm; compare intrepid]

trep•i•da•tion

(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of trepidā(re) to be apprehensive, panic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trepidation - a feeling of alarm or dreadtrepidation - a feeling of alarm or dread    
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

trepidation

trepidation

noun
Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger:
Slang: cold feet.
Idiom: fear and trembling.
Translations

trepidation

[ˌtrepɪˈdeɪʃən] N (= fear) → temor m; (= anxiety) → inquietud f, agitación f
in some trepidationalgo turbado, agitado

trepidation

[ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃən] nanxiété f
in trepidation → anxieusement

trepidation

nBangigkeit f, → Beklommenheit f, → Ängstlichkeit f; full of trepidation he knocked on the doorvoll ängstlicher Erwartung klopfte er an die Tür; a look of trepidationein banger or beunruhigter or ängstlicher Blick; a feeling of trepidationein beklommenes Gefühl, ein Gefühl der Bangigkeit or Verzagtheit; I am writing, not without some trepidation, to tell you …nicht ohne ein Gefühl der Beklommenheit teile ich Ihnen mit …

trepidation

[ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃn] n (frm) → trepidazione f
References in classic literature ?
The Ass, observing his trepidation at the mere crowing of a Cock summoned courage to attack him, and galloped after him for that purpose.
She knew Anna Arkadyevna, but only very slightly, and she came now to her sister's with some trepidation, at the prospect of meeting this fashionable Petersburg lady, whom everyone spoke so highly of.
It cannot well be doubted, that the one visible quality in the aspect of the dead which most appals the gazer, is the marble pallor lingering there; as if indeed that pallor were as much like the badge of consternation in the other world, as of mortal trepidation here.
I shall ask him what he wants first,' I said, in considerable trepidation.
He cracked his whip in some trepidation, and forthwith they rushed at him.
Full of trepidation -- for he knew that such a visit boded him little good -- Ferrier ran to the door to greet the Mormon chief.
A woman of orderly and industrious appearance rose from her knees in a corner, with sufficient haste and trepidation to show that she was the person referred to.
For some days, I even kept close at home, and looked out at the kitchen door with the greatest caution and trepidation before going on an errand, lest the officers of the County Jail should pounce upon me.
But the instant the car was opposite the duke and duchess and Don Quixote the music of the clarions ceased, and then that of the lutes and harps on the car, and the figure in the robe rose up, and flinging it apart and removing the veil from its face, disclosed to their eyes the shape of Death itself, fleshless and hideous, at which sight Don Quixote felt uneasy, Sancho frightened, and the duke and duchess displayed a certain trepidation.
She had heard nothing of Lady Catherine that spoke her awful from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue, and the mere stateliness of money or rank she thought she could witness without trepidation.
While all was silence in the class--silence, but for the rustling of copy-books and the travelling of pens over their pages--a leaf of the large folding-door, opening from the hall, unclosed, admitting a pupil who, after making a hasty obeisance, ensconced herself with some appearance of trepidation, probably occasioned by her entering so late, in a vacant seat at the desk nearest the door.
I could not, however, overcome a certain feeling of trepidation as we made our way along these gloomy solitudes.