This lesson will help you define fear, phobia, panic, dread, mania, cold sweat, daunting, irrational and petrified.

(–) fear  uncountable  noun the feeling that you have when you are frightened

  • I was able to beat my fear of the dark.

(a) phobia  noun  an extreme fear of something

  • I have a phobia of owls that stops me going into the forest at night.

panic  verb  a sudden strong feeling of fear that stops normal thoughts and actions

  • We were winning 2-1, but in the ninetieth minute I started to panic.

dread  verb  to feel very worried or frightened about something that is going to happen or that might happen

  • I started to dread my visit to the hospital.

(a) mania  noun  a very strong interest in something when a person cannot think of anything else

  • He has a mania about the woman next door.

(a) cold sweat  singular noun  extreme worry and fear that causes you to sweat although you feel cold

  • When I think of spiders I break out in a cold sweat.

daunting  adjective  something that makes you worried because you think that it will be very difficult or dangerous to do

  • The last part of the climb was daunting.

irrational  adjective  not logical or reasonable

  • I have an irrational fear of rabbits.

petrified  adjective  extremely frightened and unable to move

  • She is absolutely petrified of people wearing masks.

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