Hypertext Webster Gateway: "fear"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fere \Fere\, n. [OE. fere companion, AS. gef[=e]ra, from
f[=e]ran to go, travel, faran to travel. [root]78. See
A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife. [Obs.] [Written
also {fear} and {feere}.] --Chaucer.

And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere. --Spenser.

{In fere}, together; in company. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fear \Fear\, n.
A variant of {Fere}, a mate, a companion. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fear \Fear\, n. [OE. fer, feer, fere, AS. f?r a coming suddenly
upon, fear, danger; akin to D. vaar, OHG. f[=a]ra danger, G.
gefahr, Icel. f[=a]r harm, mischief, plague, and to E. fare,
peril. See {Fare}.]
1. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of
evil, or the apprehension of impending danger;
apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.

Note: The degrees of this passion, beginning with the most
moderate, may be thus expressed, -- apprehension, fear,
dread, fright, terror.

Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the
thought of future evil likely to befall us.

Where no hope is left, is left no fear. --Milton.

2. (Script.)
(a) Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid,
God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt
toward the Supreme Belng.
(b) Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.

I will put my fear in their hearts. --Jer.
xxxii. 40.

I will teach you the fear of the Lord. --Ps.
xxxiv. 11.

render therefore to all their dues; tribute to
whom tribute is due . . . fear to whom fear.
--Rom. xiii.

3. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension
or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger;

There were they in great fear, where no fear was.
--Ps. liii. 5.

The fear of your adventure would counsel you to a
more equal enterprise. --Shak.

{For fear}, in apprehension lest. ``For fear you ne'er see
chain nor money more.'' --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fear \Fear\, v. i.
To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety
on account of some expected evil.

I exceedingly fear and quake. --Heb. xii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fear \Fear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid,
AS. f?ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.]
1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to
consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude.

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. --Ps.
xxiii. 4.

Note: With subordinate clause.

I greatly fear my money is not safe. --Shak.

I almost fear to quit your hand. --D. Jerrold.

2. To have a reverential awe of; to solicitous to avoid the
displeasure of.

Leave them to God above; him serve and fear.

3. To be anxious or solicitous for. [R.]

The sins of the father are to be laid upon the
children, therefore . . . I fear you. --Shak.

4. To suspect; to doubt. [Obs.]

Ay what else, fear you not her courage? --Shak.

5. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach
of by fear. [Obs.]

fear their people from doing evil. --Robynsin

Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs. --Shak.

Syn: To apprehend; dread; reverence; venerate.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain
or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or
fight) [syn: {fearfulness}, {fright}] [ant: {fearlessness}]
2: an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up
out of fear of public reaction" [syn: {concern}, {care}]
v 1: be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible
or probable situation or event; "I fear she might get
2: be afraid or scared of; be frightened of; "I fear the
winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
[syn: {dread}]
3: be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement: "I fear
I won't make it to your wedding party"
4: be uneasy or apprehensive about; "I fear the results of the
final exams"
5: be in awe of; "Fear God as your father" [syn: {reverence}, {revere},

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