Lines of authority are clear; leaders are respected and feared.
Her father really was someone who was feared and has control over the territory, and her leadership role emanated from that.
I feared that he would break and do something to dishonor himself, our family, and our nation.
Her husband stopped beating her when they moved here because he feared the police, but the verbal attacks continued.
Possibly he feared it might fall into the hands of a servant.
He feared that she would want him to take some vigorous action.
The Mexicans had feared and respected the little Superintendent.
Wild birds and natives had to learn the whites before they feared them.
“I feared this,” said Margaret, looking mournfully at her sister.
It was all much more simple than Rachael had feared it would be.
Old English fær "calamity, sudden danger, peril," from Proto-Germanic *feraz "danger" (cf. Old Saxon far "ambush," Old Norse far "harm, distress, deception," Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr "danger"), from PIE root *per- "to try, risk, come over, go through" (perhaps connected with Greek peira "trial, attempt, experience," Latin periculum "trial, risk, danger").
Sense of "uneasiness caused by possible danger" developed late 12c. Old English words for "fear" as we now use it were ege, fyrhto; as a verb, ondrædan.
Old English færan "terrify, frighten," originally transitive (sense preserved in archaic I fear me and somewhat revived in digital gaming). Meaning "feel fear" is late 14c. Cognate with Old Saxon faron "to lie in wait," Middle Dutch vaeren "to fear," Old High German faren "to plot against," Old Norse færa "to taunt." See fear (n.). Related: Feared; fearing.
A feeling of agitation and dread caused by the presence or imminence of danger.