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  Definition of fearful
  1. experiencing or showing fear; "a fearful glance"; "fearful of criticism"
  2. causing fear or dread or terror; "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"; "
  3. timid by nature or revealing timidity; "timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the large dog"
  4. lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
  5. extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"; "suffered terrible thirst"
Similar Words: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible, timorous, trepid, cowardly, frightful

 

See Also: afraid(p), ignoble, timid

 

Attributes: cowardice, cowardliness

 

 
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