Synonyms of fear in English:


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See Spanish definition of miedo


1‘she felt fear at entering the house’

terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress
anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, timidity, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, unrest, perturbation, foreboding, misgiving, doubt, suspicion
informal the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the collywobbles, jitteriness, twitchiness, butterflies, butterflies in the stomach
British informal funk, blue funk, the abdabs, the screaming abdabs
Australian rhyming slang the Joe Blakes
North American archaic worriment
rare inquietude

calmness, confidence

2‘she sought help to overcome her fears’

phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, bogey, nightmare, horror, terror
anxiety, neurosis, complex, mania
abnormal fear, irrational fear, obsessive fear
bête noire
informal hang-up

3‘the fear of God’

awe, wonder, wonderment, amazement
reverence, veneration, respect


4‘there's no fear of me leaving you alone’

likelihood, likeliness, prospect, possibility, chance, odds, probability, expectation, conceivability, feasibility, plausibility
risk, danger


1‘I feared the bullies who taunted me’

be afraid of, be fearful of, be scared of, be apprehensive of, dread, live in fear of, go in terror of, be terrified of, be terrified by, cower before, tremble before, cringe from, shrink from, flinch from
be anxious about, worry about, panic about, feel consternation about, have forebodings about, feel apprehensive about
British informal be in a blue funk about

2‘he fears heights and open spaces’

have a phobia about, have a horror of, have a dread of, shudder at, take fright at

3‘he feared to let them know he was awake’

be too afraid, be too scared, be too apprehensive, hesitate
dare not
informal have cold feet about

4‘they all feared for his health’

worry about, feel anxious about, feel concerned about, have anxieties about, have qualms about, feel disquiet for, be solicitous for

5‘all who fear the Lord’

stand in awe of, regard with awe, revere, reverence, venerate, respect
dread, be intimidated by

6‘I fear that you may be right’

suspect, have a suspicion, have a sneaking suspicion, have a feeling, have a sneaking feeling, feel, be inclined to think, be afraid, have a foreboding, have a hunch, think it likely, be of the opinion, suppose, reckon