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[trep-i-dey-shuh n] /ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
Origin of trepidation
1595-1605; < Latin trepidātiōn- (stem of trepidātiō), equivalent to trepidāt(us) (past participle of trepidāre to hurry, alarm; see trepid, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
trepidatious, adjective
trepidatiously, adverb
1. trembling, fright. 2. quivering, shaking. Unabridged
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  • The captain with some trepidation seized the instrument, and talked in low tones while the rest remained silent.

    The Red Mouse William Hamilton Osborne
  • It was with feelings of trepidation that Clotelle heard these particulars from the lips of her husband.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • "I beg your pardon, sir," he said, and his trepidation was apparent in his voice.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • "You mustn't anybody laugh," said Eunice, finally, in some trepidation.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Thus was the watching and waiting, in a flutter of trepidation and newly aroused passion.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for trepidation


a state of fear or anxiety
a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety
Word Origin
C17: from Latin trepidātiō, from trepidāre to be in a state of alarm; compare intrepid
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Word Origin and History for trepidation

c.1600, from Latin trepidationem (nominative trepidatio) "agitation, alarm, trembling," noun of action from past participle stem of trepidare "to tremble, hurry," from trepidus "alarmed, scared," from PIE *trep- "to shake, tremble" (cf. Sanskrit trprah "hasty," Old Church Slavonic trepetati "to tremble"), related to *trem- (see tremble).

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trepidation in Medicine

trepidation trep·i·da·tion (trěp'ĭ-dā'shən)

  1. An involuntary trembling or quivering.

  2. A state of anxious fear; apprehension.

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