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  1. fearful or apprehensive, especially trembling from fear.
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Origin of trepid

First recorded in 1640–50, trepid is from the Latin word trepidus
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Historical Examples

  • The muscles of the spiritual athlete pant for such exertion; and without it, they would dwindle into trepid imbecility.

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Word Origin and History for trepid


1640s, from Latin trepidus "scared" (see trepidation).

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