George Will put it more primly, but with the same sense of trepidation.
Less than a month before Election Day, Pressler seems to be feeling some trepidation about his movement in the polls.
Every day he cautiously emerged from his hotel filled with trepidation.
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.
Hope and trepidation persists that the twins presence indicates the coming of an Avengers/X-Men crossover film.
The captain with some trepidation seized the instrument, and talked in low tones while the rest remained silent.
It was with feelings of trepidation that Clotelle heard these particulars from the lips of her husband.
"I beg your pardon, sir," he said, and his trepidation was apparent in his voice.
"You mustn't anybody laugh," said Eunice, finally, in some trepidation.
Thus was the watching and waiting, in a flutter of trepidation and newly aroused passion.
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).
trepidation trep·i·da·tion (trěp'ĭ-dā'shən)
An involuntary trembling or quivering.
A state of anxious fear; apprehension.