Synonyms of fear in English:

fear


See definition of fear

noun

1‘she felt fear at entering the house’

SYNONYMS

terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress

anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, timidity, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, unrest, perturbation, foreboding, misgiving, doubt, suspicion

informal the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the collywobbles, jitteriness, twitchiness

British informal funk, blue funk, the abdabs, the screaming abdabs

Australian rhyming slang the Joe Blakes

North American archaic worriment

rare inquietude

ANTONYMS

calmness, confidence

2‘she sought help to overcome her fears’

SYNONYMS

phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, bogey, nightmare, horror, terror

anxiety, neurosis, complex, mania

abnormal fear, irrational fear, obsessive fear

bête noire

informal hang-up

3‘the fear of God’

SYNONYMS

awe, wonder, wonderment, amazement

archaic reverence, veneration, respect

archaic dread

ANTONYMS

indifference

4‘there's no fear of me leaving you alone’

SYNONYMS

likelihood, likeliness, prospect, possibility, chance, odds, probability, expectation, conceivability, feasibility, plausibility

risk, danger


verb

1‘she feared her husband’

SYNONYMS

be afraid of, be fearful of, be scared of, be apprehensive of, dread, live in fear of, go in terror of, be terrified of, be terrified by, cower before, tremble before, cringe from, shrink from, flinch from

be anxious about, worry about, panic about, feel consternation about, have forebodings about, feel apprehensive about

British informal be in a blue funk about

2‘he fears heights and open spaces’

SYNONYMS

have a phobia about, have a horror of, have a dread of, shudder at, take fright at

3‘he feared to let them know he was awake’

SYNONYMS

be too afraid, be too scared, be too apprehensive, hesitate

dare not

informal have cold feet about

4‘they all feared for his health’

SYNONYMS

worry about, feel anxious about, feel concerned about, have anxieties about, have qualms about, feel disquiet for, be solicitous for

5‘all who fear the Lord’

SYNONYMS

stand in awe of, regard with awe, revere, reverence, venerate, respect

archaic dread, be intimidated by

6‘I fear that you may be right’

SYNONYMS

suspect, have a suspicion, have a sneaking suspicion, have a feeling, have a sneaking feeling, feel, be inclined to think, be afraid, have a foreboding, have a hunch, think it likely, be of the opinion, suppose, reckon