- causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.
- feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude: fearful for his life; fearful lest he commit suicide.
- full of awe or reverence: fearful of the Lord.
- showing or caused by fear: fearful behavior.
- extreme in size, intensity, or badness: a fearful head cold; fearful poverty.
Origin of fearful
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Related Words for unfearfulspunky, spirited, gutsy, valiant, courageous, heroic, gallant, foolhardy, daring, confident, fearless, audacious, stout, adventurous, dashing, reckless, resolute, strong, determined, firm
Examples from the Web for unfearful
Historical Examples of unfearful
The whole thing was extraordinary and curious but unfearful, a storm of wind seemed blowing in her face.The Ghost Girl
H. De Vere Stacpoole
- having fear; afraid
- causing fear; frightening
- informal very unpleasant or annoyinga fearful cold
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Word Origin and History for unfearful
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