- tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
- trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
Origin of trepidation
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Examples from the Web for trepidation
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
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“I brought it with no small degree of trepidation,” Kucinich recalled in a lengthy phone conversation with the Daily Beast.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It
December 5, 2014
Less than a month before Election Day, Pressler seems to be feeling some trepidation about his movement in the polls.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)
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Asked whether he had any trepidation about joining a show about a bunch of Hollywood brats, Johnson said yes.The Fabulous Life of EJ Johnson, the Stylish Son of the Lakers Legend
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Hope and trepidation persists that the twins presence indicates the coming of an Avengers/X-Men crossover film.
It was with some trepidation that Pierre set out for the creek.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
The expectation of our first meeting filled me with trepidation.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
But three in number, the Indians had entered the district with some trepidation.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
When she had thanked him, he asked with trepidation whether she had heard from Jack.The Education of Eric Lane
He waited in some trepidation, until he heard Primmie clump downstairs.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a state of fear or anxiety
- a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety
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).
- An involuntary trembling or quivering.
- A state of anxious fear; apprehension.