verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fear
- "Fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue."-Zbigniew Brzezinski Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’: How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America The Washington Post (March 25, 2007)
- "What we, following the Scriptures, call the fear of God, is not terror or dread, but an awe that holds God in reverence."-Martin Luther by Wilhelm Herrmann, transl. by J. Sandys Stanyon, revised by R. W. Stewart The communion of the Christian with God: Described on the basis of Luther's statements (1906)
- "I have a huge need for financial security; the immigrant in me has a fear of ending up homeless and in the gutter."-Ruth Behar Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story (2003)
- "To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead."-Bertrand Russell Marriage and Morals (1929)
- "I fear we are all in your black books."-Anthony Trollope The Three Clerks (1858)
- "[T]here may be dark abysses before which intelligence must be silent, for fear of going mad."-George Santayana compiled by Martin A. Coleman The Essential Santayana: Selected Writings (2009)
— Fear and Trembling: A philosophical exploration of faith and ethics by Sören Kierkegaard. Published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio.
— Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream: A roman à clef by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. First printed in 1971 as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine, and as a novel in 1972.
— Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A film adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson book, directed by Terry Gilliam. Released in 1998.
— The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: 1999 book by sociologist Barry Glassner, examining why Americans' fears are misplaced and exaggerated. Revised and updated in 2010.
— Fear Factor: An American reality game show (2001–2006) in which contestants had to complete a series of dangerous, disgusting, or otherwise fear-inducing stunts.
—No FEAR Act: The Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (Public Law 107–174). The act, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, increases Federal agency accountability for acts of discrimination or reprisal against employees.
Definition for fear (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for fear
The fear of violence should not determine what one does or does not say.
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The choice between freedom and fear is not difficult when seen with perspective.
The decision not to run the cartoons is motivated by nothing more than fear: either fear of offending or fear of retaliation.
I thought about the mother, her fear of the dark, of the harm she feared might come to her daughters.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What caused the fear which, at the beginning of their interview, had been so apparent?No Clue|James Hay
The fear of its loss can alone teach us the true value of our treasure.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
"I fear that the spending of thousands can do no good," said Mr. Low.Phineas Redux|Anthony Trollope
"Let them hate, if they fear us as well," muttered Gregory poring over the mysterious phrases.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Ah, she need have no fear; I would not trouble her with so much as a word.Wanderers|Knut Hamsun
British Dictionary definitions for fear
Word Origin for fear
Word Origin and History for fear (1 of 2)
Old English fær "calamity, sudden danger, peril," from Proto-Germanic *feraz "danger" (cf. Old Saxon far "ambush," Old Norse far "harm, distress, deception," Dutch gevaar, German Gefahr "danger"), from PIE root *per- "to try, risk, come over, go through" (perhaps connected with Greek peira "trial, attempt, experience," Latin periculum "trial, risk, danger").
Sense of "uneasiness caused by possible danger" developed late 12c. Old English words for "fear" as we now use it were ege, fyrhto; as a verb, ondrædan.
Word Origin and History for fear (1 of 2)
Old English færan "terrify, frighten," originally transitive (sense preserved in archaic I fear me and somewhat revived in digital gaming). Meaning "feel fear" is late 14c. Cognate with Old Saxon faron "to lie in wait," Middle Dutch vaeren "to fear," Old High German faren "to plot against," Old Norse færa "to taunt." See fear (n.). Related: Feared; fearing.
Medicine definitions for fear
Idioms and Phrases with fear
see fools rush in where angels fear to tread; for fear of; never fear; put the fear of god in.