- tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
- trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
Origin of trepidation
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Examples from the Web for trepidations
Yet despite his own trepidations, the intelligence community is “heading down the path of more transparency.”The 9/11 Commission Is Back With a New Warning for America
July 23, 2014
The purchase was partly an indication of the trepidations of that period Of my life.
It is not easy to describe my trepidations while this conference was holding.Arthur Mervyn
Charles Brockden Brown
Nothing of the kind, no amorous addresses, no trepidations, no laments.The Cathedral
And the jest and joy of Israel's care-free life was to make them skip and shiver and dance to the tune of their trepidations.Americans All
Trepidations—Subtle principle—Perverse imagination—Are they mine?Lavengro
- a state of fear or anxiety
- a condition of quaking or palpitation, esp one caused by anxiety
Word Origin and History for trepidations
c.1600, from Latin trepidationem (nominative trepidatio) "agitation, alarm, trembling," noun of action from past participle stem of trepidare "to tremble, hurry," from trepidus "alarmed, scared," from PIE *trep- "to shake, tremble" (cf. Sanskrit trprah "hasty," Old Church Slavonic trepetati "to tremble"), related to *trem- (see tremble).
- An involuntary trembling or quivering.
- A state of anxious fear; apprehension.