SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN noun tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation. trembling or quivering movement; tremor. Origin of trepidation 1595–1605;
), equivalent to
) (past participle of
to hurry, alarm; see
-iōn- -ion Related forms trep·i·da·tious, adjective trep·i·da·tious·ly, adverb Synonyms for trepidation 1
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British Dictionary definitions for trepidatious 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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Word Origin and History for trepidatious n.
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).
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trepidation [trĕp′ĭ-dā ′shən] n. An involuntary trembling or quivering. A state of anxious fear; apprehension.
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