Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of fear.
  • adj. Exhibiting fear.
  • adj. Showing profound respect or deference.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • An eyewitness, who refused to give his name fearing he would be targeted, said the restaurant was full when the car bomb exploded shortly before 8 a.m.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • A witness, who wouldn't give his name fearing reprisals, claimed the police used unjustified force.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • A witness, who wouldn't give his name fearing reprisals, says the police used unjustified force.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Hmm … well, especially the way things are going with Obama, the idea that someone who “merely” tinkers with regulations will have no real power worth fearing is * not* reassuring.

    Lying About Cass Sunstein

  • If a young squirrel and a baby raccoon, both not yet well versed in fearing humans, can actually come closer to us rather than running away in terror, then fear becomes less clearly instinctual.

    Animals, Humans, and the Nature (or Nurture) of Fear

  • Presumably in fearing a threat to the institution of marriage you see it not as a positive thing in its own right, but as a positive thing primarily because it is normal and pure in comparison to the negative -- the abnormal, the impure ... the deviant.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • O my lady, the children are young, and thou art excusable in fearing for them, for those that love well are wont to deem ill: but, O my daughter, thou knowest my tenderness and mine affection for thee and thy children, for indeed I reared thee before them.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Urgent appeals have been done through phone calls from terrified people who wouldnt give out their name fearing Hezbollah might harm or even eliminate them.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Abu Zaid seems to have been justified in fearing for his life and fleeing: in

    What Is the Koran?

  • Americans are not alone in fearing that their quality of education is not high enough.

    Setting the Agenda for a Knowledge-Based Economy

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