What does fearful mean?

Definitions for fearful
ˈfɪər fəlfear·ful

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fearful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fearfuladjective

    experiencing or showing fear

    "a fearful glance"; "fearful of criticism"

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

  3. cowardly, fearfuladjective

    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

    "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

  4. fearful, frightfuladjective

    extremely distressing

    "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"

  5. fearful, timorous, trepidadjective

    timid by nature or revealing timidity

    "timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the large dog"


  1. fearfuladjective


  2. fearfuladjective

    Frightened, filled with terror.

  3. fearfuladjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fearfuladjective

    Etymology: fear and full.

    He’s gentle, and not fearful. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    The Irish are more fearful to offend the law than the English. John Davies, on Ireland.

    I have made my heroine fearful of death, which neither Cassandra nor Cleopatra would have been. John Dryden, Auren. Pref.

    Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises. Ex. xv. 11.

    Neither fast to friend, nor fearful to foe. Roger Ascham, Schoolm.

    Against such monsters God maintained his own, by fearful execution of extraordinary judgment upon them. Richard Hooker.

    What God did command touching Canaan, concerneth not us any otherwise than only as a fearful pattern of his just displeasure. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 17.

    All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazement
    Inhabits here: some heav’nly power guide us
    Out of this fearful country. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebr. x. 31.

    Lay down by those pleasures the fearful and dangerous thunders and lightnings, the horrible and frequent earthquakes, and then there will be found no comparison. Walter Raleigh.

    This is the natural fruit of sin, and the present revenge which it takes upon sinners, besides that fearful punishment which shall be inflicted on them in another life. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fearfuladjective

    full of fear, apprehension, or alarm; afraid; frightened

  2. Fearfuladjective

    inclined to fear; easily frightened; without courage; timid

  3. Fearfuladjective

    indicating, or caused by, fear

  4. Fearfuladjective

    inspiring fear or awe; exciting apprehension or terror; terrible; frightful; dreadful

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fearful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fearful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of fearful in a Sentence

  1. Imam Talal Eid:

    At times, I was fearful for my safety.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    This should be the lowest-hanging fruit, to be honest with you, because this is a huge opportunity. Immigration is not a problem, we need young, dynamic people that can make an immediate contribution to our economy. We shouldn't be fearful of this, we should say, 'What an incredible opportunity.'.

  3. Gina Duncan:

    The community was fearful of their lives and concerned that they were not being adequately protected and treated as equal citizens.

  4. Courtney Radsch:

    We don't want journalists to be fearful of reporting on issues, it's not enough to mute or block somebody, you need to know if those threats are coming through, and we need more proactive responses from the tech platforms.

  5. Susan Sontag:

    We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.

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  • бая́зныBelarusian
  • уплашен, страшен, ужасен, страхливBulgarian
  • ängstlich, furchtbar, furchtsamGerman
  • τρομερός, φοβερός, φοβισμένος, τρομακτικόςGreek
  • temeroso, miedosoSpanish
  • terrible, craintive, craintif, redoutable, effrayante, peureux, peureuse, effrayant, affreuse, affreuxFrench
  • faitaghManx
  • երկչոտArmenian
  • takutIndonesian
  • impaurito, spaventato, pavidoItalian
  • timidus, meticulosus, pavidusLatin
  • biedējošs, nobijies, biedējošaLatvian
  • Com medoPortuguese
  • groaznicRomanian
  • страшный, пугливый, испуганный, ужасныйRussian
  • korkuluTurkish
  • sợ sệt, sợ, đáng sợ, sợ hãiVietnamese

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  • Ann Williams
    Ann Williams
    i am fearfully and wonderfully made.
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cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
  • A. cleave
  • B. abash
  • C. abide
  • D. abase

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