[ trep-i-dey-shuhn ]
/ ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən /
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tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
Archaic. trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
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Origin of trepidation
OTHER WORDS FROM trepidationtrep·i·da·tious, adjectivetrep·i·da·tious·ly, adverb
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How to use trepidation in a sentence
Perhaps this fear overpowered any trepidation those people have about firmly bonding their societies.Why a Universal Society Is Unattainable - Issue 95: Escape|Mark W. Moffett|January 14, 2021|Nautilus
Food writer Martha Holmberg put together a guide to cooking mussels that can put any trepidation to rest.6 simple recipes to showcase clams, mussels and oysters|Kari Sonde|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Tears would roll down her cheeks as she fell asleep each night, devastated about leaving her BFFs behind and feeling trepidation about making new friends in a distant land.After 2020, we all need a gap year|matthewheimer|December 25, 2020|Fortune
I witnessed people tackling hard topics, not with trepidation but with a kind of excitement, even joy.Better conversations: The 7 essential elements of meaningful communication|matthewheimer|November 24, 2020|Fortune
He said he’ll fly on the Max without trepidation, and noted that most airline travelers don’t pay attention to which aircraft type they’re on anyway.The Boeing 737 Max faces an even tougher hurdle now: passenger fear|kdunn6|November 19, 2020|Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for trepidation
/ (ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃən) /
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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