[ US /ˈfɪɹfəɫ/ ]
[ UK /fˈi‍əfə‍l/ ]
  1. experiencing or showing fear
    a fearful glance
    fearful of criticism
  2. timid by nature or revealing timidity
    timorous little mouse
    cast fearful glances at the large dog
    in a timorous tone
  3. causing fear or dread or terror
    the awful war
    a fearful howling
    the dread presence of the headmaster
    dire news
    a terrible curse
    an awful risk
    a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
    horrendous explosions shook the city
    a dreadful storm
    polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
  4. extremely distressing
    fearful slum conditions
    a frightful mistake
  5. lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
    cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then
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How To Use fearful In A Sentence

  • A well-known waterman at Selby said that the river was in a fearful condition, and this had a good deal to do with the reported collisions taking place and damage done to boats on their voyages to and from the town.
  • The *victim* of the defacement is the person who is intended to be fearful. The Volokh Conspiracy » The Shmulevich Case — Facts and New York Law, as I Can Best Figure Them Out:
  • Another translation of the Bible uses the word cowardly instead of fearful. How to Overcome Fear
  • Her children had been fearful of being taken into care if their parents were jailed.
  • But he's a timid child, fearful of water, heights, spiders, darkness and the great outdoors.
  • Having neither opium nor hashish on hand, and being desirous of filling his brain with twilight, he had had recourse to that fearful mixture of brandy, stout, absinthe, which produces the most terrible of lethargies. Les Miserables
  • Tibetans around me were shaking their heads in sadness, because they were fearful for him, and others were openly agreeing with him. Kate Saunders: Pictures From Tibet That Tell a Story of Courage
  • During the trial he became so fearful of assassination that he had steel plates sewn into his hat.
  • He paused at the intersection, fearful that a hard leather boot was waiting for him no matter which way he ran.
  • Could frame thy fearful symmetry? Burning Bright
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