fear

n.

  1. A variant of Fere, a mate, a companion.
  2. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.
  3. Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Belng.
  4. Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.
  5. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness.
  6. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude.
  7. To have a reverential awe of; to solicitous to avoid the displeasure of.
  8. To be anxious or solicitous for.
  9. To suspect; to doubt.
  10. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach of by fear.

v. i.

  1. To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.