- 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 fearfulness
You, I know, lay this to his fearfulness of disobliging or offending.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The fearfulness of Gibson's perfidy was almost incomprehensible.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
Those who have not felt it know not the fearfulness of waiting for an Indian attack.The Crossing
The fearfulness of the consequences shows how false the supposed principle must be.Sermons
How shall I describe to you this pressure, its fearfulness and sublimity!Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
- having fear; afraid
- causing fear; frightening
- informal very unpleasant or annoyinga fearful cold
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Word Origin and History for fearfulness
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