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fearless

[feer-lis]
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  1. without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.

Origin of fearless

First recorded in 1350–1400, fearless is from the Middle English word fereles. See fear, -less
Related formsfear·less·ly, adverbfear·less·ness, noun

Synonym study

See brave.

Antonyms

cowardly.
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Examples from the Web for fearless

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  • She advanced, I cannot say fearless, but therefore only the more brave.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • So fearless were they, that they made nothing of creeping in among the folds of his garments.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She noted his fearless poise, and she saw the gallant spirit in his eye.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Only her eyes were unchanged, the laughing, fearless eyes of old.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Quinn was fearless, daring, indefatigable; but Quinn was not Ferry.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable


Word Origin and History for fearless

adj.

early 15c., from fear (n.) + -less. Related: Fearlessly; fearlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper