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English definition of “fearful”


adjective uk   /ˈfɪə.fəl/ us    /ˈfɪr-/

fearful adjective (FRIGHTENED)

C2 formal frightened or worried about something: He hesitated before calling her, fearful of what she might say. She's fearful (that) she may lose custody of her children.Afraid

fearful adjective (BAD)

UK old-fashioned very bad: a fearful argument a fearful temperSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words
(Definition of fearful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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