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trepidation

[ trep-i-dey-shuhn ]
/ ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən /
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noun

tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
trembling or quivering movement; tremor.

SYNONYMS FOR trepidation

1 trembling, fright.
2 quivering, shaking.

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Origin of trepidation

1595–1605; <Latin trepidātiōn- (stem of trepidātiō), equivalent to trepidāt(us) (past participle of trepidāre to hurry, alarm; see trepid, -ate1) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM trepidation

trep·i·da·tious, adjectivetrep·i·da·tious·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for trepidation

trepidation
/ (ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃən) /

noun

a state of fear or anxiety
a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety

Word Origin for trepidation

C17: from Latin trepidātiō, from trepidāre to be in a state of alarm; compare intrepid
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Medical definitions for trepidation

trepidation
[ trĕp′ĭ-dāshən ]

n.

An involuntary trembling or quivering.
A state of anxious fear; apprehension.
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