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  • n. Plural form of fear.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of fear.


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  • Gilbert's eye brightened at the intelligence, though he had not given utterance to his fears -- _fears_ they were -- for even the young and brave recoil in terror from death, when it assumes a form and hovers near in a detested shape.

    The Truce of God A Tale of the Eleventh Century

  • Ancient, sacred fears and faiths, ancient, sacred faiths and fears—

    On the Great Plateau

  • I. iii.137 (414,6) Present fears/Are less than horrible imaginings] [W: feats] _Present fears_ are _fears of things present_, which Macbeth declares, and every man has found, to be less than the _imagination_ presents them while the objects are yet distant.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • Most telling is the fact they thought he was Muslim right away - profiling rooted in fears from the prior attacks, sure, but I'm guessing in the case of Menezes, such assumptions were based solely on thick dark hair and slightly darker skin.

    tourist trap

  • Stories thrive on conflict and facing your fears is the greatest conflict.

    May 2007

  • Many times recently he had sounded the alarm of the dangers attending recapitalization of properties that already bore a heavy weight of watered securities, but his colleagues had laughed at what they termed his fears, and had attempted to reassure him of their complete possession of the departments of government that controlled such matters.

    An American Suffragette

  • Couty wrote to Mas describing what he called his "fears for the future."

    Reuters: Top News

  • Raymond” has been pushed to a late March release because the label fears there is “chaos in the camp”.

    Rumors |

  • One of my biggest fears is that he'll find me too old for him.

    What the Hell Are Young People Thinking?

  • One of my greatest fears is that the New York Times Book Review will merely become a more "popular," but also more superficial, version of what has become of NYRB.

    Book Reviewing


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