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See also: trépidation
- A fearful state; a state of concern or hesitation.
- Synonyms: agitation, apprehension, consternation, fear, hesitation, worry
- I decided, with considerable trepidation, to let him drive my car without me.
- 1915, Edgar Jepson, “The Reluctant Duke”, in Happy Pollyooly: The Rich Little Poor Girl, Indianapolis, Ind.: Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC, page 135:
- She reached it soon after half-past two. She found its gloomy nineteenth-century façade, black with the smuts of ninety years, a little daunting, and mounted its broad steps in some trepidation. But she rang the bell hard and knocked firmly.
- 2011 December 10, Marc Higginson, “Bolton 1 – 2 Aston Villa”, in BBC Sport:
- An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear.
- (astronomy, obsolete) A libration of the starry sphere in the Ptolemaic system; a motion ascribed to the firmament, to account for certain small changes in the position of the ecliptic and of the stars.
libration of the starry sphere