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 fact to be in possession of was therefore that his old friend, the youngest of several daughters of a poor country parson, had, at the age of twenty, on taking service for the first time in the schoolroom, come up to London, in trepidation, to answer in person an advertisement that had already placed her in brief correspondence with the advertiser.
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.
The mother held on to him with both her shaking hands, and eyed with intense trepidation every one who walked up to examine him.
It must be a beast, then, and we might as well have saved our trepidation.
It was with some trepidation that I perceived the hour approach when I was to repair with my charge to the drawing-room.
I shall ask him what he wants first,' I said, in considerable trepidation.
asked Noel Vanstone, with visible trepidation of look and manner.
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.
Micawber was obliged, in great trepidation, to run down to the water-butt in the backyard, and draw a basinful to lave her brow with.
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.
I opened it with fear and trepidation, persuaded that it must be something serious that had impelled her to write to me when at a distance, as she seldom did so when I was near.
I took it, and began gnawing it, as serenely as possible, in spite of a certain trepidation and the nearly intolerable closeness of the den.