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FEARFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fearful mean? 

FEARFUL (adjective)
  The adjective FEARFUL has 5 senses:

1. causing fear or dread or terror
2. lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
3. extremely distressing
4. timid by nature or revealing timidity
5. experiencing or showing fear

  Familiarity information: FEARFUL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


FEARFUL (adjective)


Sense 1fearful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing fear or dread or terror

Synonyms:

terrible; horrendous; frightening; fearsome; fearful; dreadful; dreaded; dread; direful; dire; horrific; awful

Context examples:

the awful war / an awful risk / dire news / a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked / the dread presence of the headmaster / polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was / a dreadful storm / a fearful howling / horrendous explosions shook the city / a terrible curse

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


Sense 2fearful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

Synonyms:

cowardly; fearful

Context example:

cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then

Similar:

poor-spirited; pusillanimous; unmanly (lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful)

poltroon (characterized by complete cowardliness)

funky (in a state of cowardly fright)

faint; faint-hearted; fainthearted; timid (lacking conviction or boldness or courage)

dastard; dastardly (treacherously cowardly)

craven; recreant (lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful)

chicken; chickenhearted; lily-livered; white-livered; yellow; yellow-bellied (easily frightened)

caitiff (despicably mean and cowardly)

Also:

timid (showing fear and lack of confidence)

afraid (filled with fear or apprehension)

ignoble (completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose)

Attribute:

cowardice; cowardliness (the trait of lacking courage)


Sense 3fearful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely distressing

Synonyms:

fearful; frightful

Context examples:

fearful slum conditions / a frightful mistake

Similar:

bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)


Sense 4fearful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Timid by nature or revealing timidity

Synonyms:

trepid; timorous; fearful

Context examples:

timorous little mouse / in a timorous tone / cast fearful glances at the large dog

Similar:

timid (showing fear and lack of confidence)


Sense 5fearful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Experiencing or showing fear

Context examples:

a fearful glance / fearful of criticism

Similar:

afraid (filled with fear or apprehension)


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