Synonyms of fear in English:


See definition of fear


1‘she felt fear at entering the house’


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, butterflies, butterflies in the stomach

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

Australian rhyming slang the Joe Blakes

North American archaic worriment

rare inquietude


calmness, confidence

2‘she sought help to overcome her fears’


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’


awe, wonder, wonderment, amazement

reverence, veneration, respect




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


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

risk, danger


1‘she feared her husband’


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’


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’


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

dare not

informal have cold feet about

4‘they all feared for his health’


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’


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

dread, be intimidated by

6‘I fear that you may be right’


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