- causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.
- feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude: fearful for his life; fearful lest he commit suicide.
- full of awe or reverence: fearful of the Lord.
- showing or caused by fear: fearful behavior.
- extreme in size, intensity, or badness: a fearful head cold; fearful poverty.
Origin of fearful
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2. afraid, timid, timorous, apprehensive, uneasy, distrustful; solicitous, anxious, concerned, worried.
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Examples from the Web for unfearful
The whole thing was extraordinary and curious but unfearful, a storm of wind seemed blowing in her face.The Ghost Girl
H. De Vere Stacpoole
- having fear; afraid
- causing fear; frightening
- informal very unpleasant or annoyinga fearful cold
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Word Origin and History for unfearful
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