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Filled with fright; terrified
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  1. Filled with fright; terrified
Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
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  1. Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
  2. Feeling fear; afraid
  3. Inclined to feel anxiety or apprehension; timid; nervous.
Hard to understand; confusing
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  1. Hard to understand; confusing
  2. Full of complications or difficulty; involved.
  3. Confused or puzzled.
Able or quick to apprehend or understand
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  1. Able or quick to apprehend or understand
  2. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy:
  3. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy
Unsettled, broken up, or altered in structure or function:
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  1. Unsettled, broken up, or altered in structure or function:
  2. Being or resulting from being emotionally or mentally troubled:
  3. Mentally or emotionally upset or unbalanced
Feeling great horror or dismay; terrified; horrified
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  1. Feeling great horror or dismay; terrified; horrified
  2. Struck by shock, terror, or amazement.
Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
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  1. Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
  2. Inclined or tending to hesitate.
Eagerly wishing
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  1. Eagerly wishing
  2. Attended with, showing, or causing anxiety:
  3. Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried.
Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited:
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  1. Vigorous in style or feeling; spirited:
  2. Fearful; apprehensive
  3. Marked by or having a feeling of unease or apprehension:
Showing or caused by timidity
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  1. Showing or caused by timidity
  2. Full of or subject to fear; timid
Showing or practicing caution; careful.
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  1. Showing or practicing caution; careful.
  2. Full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary
  3. Tentative or restrained; guarded:
Affording no ease or reassurance:
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  1. Affording no ease or reassurance:
  2. Awkward or unsure in manner; constrained:
  3. Lacking a sense of security; anxious or apprehensive:
Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
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  1. Easily frightened; lacking self-confidence; shy; timorous
  2. Showing fear or lack of self-confidence; hesitant
  3. Lacking self-confidence; shy.
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  1. Nervy, jumpy, on edge
  2. Marked by jittering movements:
  3. Having or feeling nervous unease:
Creating unnecessary fuss.
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  1. Creating unnecessary fuss.
  2. Having, or pertaining to, a tendency to fidget.
  3. Nervous; uneasy
Having an alarm fitted.
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Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
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  1. Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
  2. Of or typical of a coward; shamefully fearful
  3. Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear:
Having the emotion of dismay.
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  1. Having the emotion of dismay.
Exhibiting signs and symptoms of indigestion:
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  1. Exhibiting signs and symptoms of indigestion:
  2. In a state of emotional or mental distress; distraught:
  3. Having been overturned:
Given the appearance of wear, as by being faded or torn
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  1. Given the appearance of wear, as by being faded or torn
  2. Anxious or uneasy
  3. Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look:
Easily startled
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  1. Easily startled
  2. Moving in jumps, jerks, or abrupt variations
  3. Nervous and excited.
(Obs.) Knowing
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  1. (Obs.) Knowing
  2. Suspicious or distrustful; wary:
  3. Cautious, hesitant, or nervous about something; having reservations or concerns.
Made of chicken
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  1. Made of chicken
  2. Afraid; cowardly.
  3. (Mil. Slang) Characterized by unnecessary discipline or pettiness
Not firm, substantial, or secure; weak, unsound, or unsteady
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  1. Not firm, substantial, or secure; weak, unsound, or unsteady
  2. Nervous; Anxious.
  3. Nervous or jittery
Emotionally upset or excited; shaken.
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  1. Emotionally upset or excited; shaken.
  2. Upset, having been scared, nervous, alarmed.
Filled with fright; terrified
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  1. Filled with fright; terrified
Stricken with panic; badly frightened; hysterical and out of control from fear
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  1. Stricken with panic; badly frightened; hysterical and out of control from fear
  2. Overcome by panic; terrified.
  3. Very frightened, and unable to react sensibly because of panic.
Overcome with terror
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Affected as if turned into ice; made motionless
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  1. Affected as if turned into ice; made motionless
  2. Without warmth or affection in behavior, manners, etc.
  3. Rendered immobile:
Having an alarm fitted.
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Of, relating to, or made from the wood of the ash tree.
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  1. Of, relating to, or made from the wood of the ash tree.
  2. Like ashes, esp. in color; pale; pallid
  3. Resembling ashes, especially in color; very pale:
(Simile, said of a human's complexion) Very white or pale, as if suffering from shock.
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  1. (Simile, said of a human's complexion) Very white or pale, as if suffering from shock.
Feeling great horror or dismay; terrified; horrified
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  1. Feeling great horror or dismay; terrified; horrified
  2. Struck by shock, terror, or amazement.
Able or quick to apprehend or understand
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  1. Able or quick to apprehend or understand
  2. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy:
  3. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy
Experiencing fear; frightened:
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  1. Experiencing fear; frightened:
  2. Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
  3. Showing or resulting from fear
Frightening, especially in appearance.
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  1. Frightening, especially in appearance.
  2. (Now Rare) Frightened; timid
  3. Fearful; timid.
Unconventional or eccentric; offbeat or odd:
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  1. Unconventional or eccentric; offbeat or odd:
  2. (Music) Having a style reminiscent of simple blues; bluesy.
  3. Having a moldy or musty smell:
In a state of panic.
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(Now Chiefly Dial.) Frightened; afraid
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  1. (Now Chiefly Dial.) Frightened; afraid

Synonym Study

  • Terrified implies intense, overwhelming fear he stood terrified as the tiger charged
  • Timorous suggests fearfulness and lack of confidence as a habitual state of mind raised a timorous objection
  • Fearful suggests a feeling of disquiet and a tendency to worry rather than an alarming fear fearful of making an error
  • Timid implies a lack of courage or self-confidence and suggests overcautiousness or shyness too timid to ask for an explanation
  • Frightened implies a sudden, usually temporary seizure of fear the child was frightened by the dog
  • Afraid is applied to a general feeling of fear or disquiet and is the broadest in application of all the words considered here to be afraid of the dark, to be afraid to die
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