Definition of trepidation in English:

trepidation

noun

mass noun
  • 1A feeling of fear or anxiety about something that may happen.

    ‘the men set off in fear and trepidation’
    • ‘Of course, most people respond to a note like that with fear and trepidation and then anger.’
    • ‘Having come from such an ignominious background there was a certain amount of trepidation but fear not for I discovered the magic of the wok!’
    • ‘That it is not a place where we have any trepidation or fear.’
    • ‘For from some deep reaches of my soul, an icy cold fear and trepidation had exploded upward.’
    • ‘It still produced that certain amount of trepidation and fear in the pit of her stomach.’
    • ‘Thanks for your kind words about the articles, but why did you feel fear and trepidation?’
    • ‘Police patrols at the bridges have been stepped up but the detailed nature of the warning is bound to add trepidation to an already nervous situation.’
    • ‘Japanese eat fugu without much fear or trepidation because of the confidence they have in licensed chefs.’
    • ‘If the body movements are shaky with trepidation, physical aging has affected the person.’
    • ‘Twice the fish is close, the tuna boat far behind, bemused fishermen watching our manoeuvres with some trepidation.’
    • ‘Having gone into the clinic with some trepidation, I walk out of it feeling like a man who has drunk deep from the fountain of life.’
    • ‘I have been told on more than one occasion that arrival of the video on the doormat has been met with fear, trepidation, emotion, even panic.’
    • ‘His body was trembling in trepidation as he recognized the dulcet voice of a young maid named Élise.’
    • ‘This he did, in fear and trepidation, taking with him two other church workers who were accompanying him.’
    • ‘Yet there is a hint of trepidation as he voices his fears that his team might struggle to get out of their squandering habits.’
    • ‘If they do go alone, they will be sent amid trepidation and trembling.’
    • ‘Most arrive with fear and trepidation and have to cultivate the ability to cope.’
    • ‘I arrived at my first board meeting, with a great deal of trepidation, and was very impressed.’
    • ‘Selling a property in this country can be a fraught business, full of fear and trepidation and attended by frustration and delay at every point.’
    • ‘As the calendar flips to the new millennium, I feel both joy and a sense of trepidation.’
    fear, apprehension, dread, fearfulness, apprehensiveness, agitation, anxiety, worry, nervousness, tension, misgivings, unease, uneasiness, foreboding, disquiet, disquietude, perturbation, discomposure, dismay, consternation, alarm, panic, trembling, jumpiness
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  • 2archaic Trembling movements or motion.

Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin trepidatio(n-), from trepidare ‘be agitated, tremble’, from trepidus ‘alarmed’.

Pronunciation

trepidation

/ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/