Fear

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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