without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.

Origin of fearless

First recorded in 1350–1400, fearless is from the Middle English word fereles. See fear, -less
Related formsfear·less·ly, adverbfear·less·ness, noun

Synonym study

See brave.

Antonyms for fearless

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Contemporary Examples of fearlessness

Historical Examples of fearlessness

  • It did not occur to him that this fearlessness was founded upon experience and knowledge.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • But still he remained incomprehensible in his simplicity, fearlessness, and rectitude.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • Her inheritance of brain and blood had all the strength of his, and her fearlessness was his own.

    The Plunderer

    Roy Norton

  • I believed in her fearlessness in any adventure that would interest her.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • And within their own tribes they have justification for this fearlessness.

Word Origin and History for fearlessness



early 15c., from fear (n.) + -less. Related: Fearlessly; fearlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper