reverential fear

  • 1 Fear (in Canon Law) —     Fear     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Fear     (IN CANON LAW.)     A mental disturbance caused by the perception of instant or future danger. Since fear, in greater or less degree, diminishes freedom of action, contracts entered into through… …

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  • 2 Reverential — Rev er*en tial, a. [Cf. F. r[ e]v[ e]renciel. See {Reverence}.] Proceeding from, or expressing, reverence; having a reverent quality; reverent; as, reverential fear or awe. A reverential esteem of things sacred. South. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 fear — /fear/, n. 1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. 2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of… …

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  • 4 Fear — Fear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared} (f[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. f[=ae]ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.] 1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with… …

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  • 5 fear for — Fear Fear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feared} (f[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fearing}.] [OE. feren, faeren, to frighten, to be afraid, AS. f[=ae]ran to terrify. See {Fear}, n.] 1. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect… …

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  • 6 fear — /fɪə / (say fear) noun 1. a painful feeling of impending danger, evil, trouble, etc.; the feeling or condition of being afraid. 2. a specific instance of such a feeling. 3. anxiety; solicitude. 4. reverential awe, especially towards God. 5. a… …

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  • 7 fear — [[t]fɪər[/t]] n. 1) a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid 2) a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: a fear of… …

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  • 8 fear — I. verb Etymology: Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran, from fǣr Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. archaic frighten 2. archaic to feel fear in (oneself) 3. to have a reverential awe of …

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  • 9 fear — I. n. 1. Alarm, trepidation, dread, apprehension, fright, affright, terror, horror, dismay, consternation, panic. 2. Anxiety, solicitude, concern, apprehension. 3. Veneration, reverence, awe, reverential regard. II. v. a. 1. Dread, apprehend, be… …

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  • 10 God-fear|ing — «GOD FIHR ihng», adjective. having a reverential fear of God; religious …

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  • 11 Awful — Aw ful, a. 1. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene. The hour of Nature s awful throes. Hemans. [1913 Webster] 2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire… …

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  • 12 LOVE — In the Bible In the Bible, love has, like the word love in most languages, many and various shades of meaning. HEBREW WORDS FOR LOVE. It is represented by Hebrew words which range from sensuous, and often evil, desire or passionate love between… …

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  • 13 fearful — 1 Fearful, apprehensive, afraid are comparable when they mean inspired or moved by fear. In such use they are normally followed by of, that, or lest, afraid being never and fearful and apprehensive infrequently used attributively in this sense.… …

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  • 14 dread — dreadable, adj. dreadness, n. /dred/, v.t. 1. to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death. 2. to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties. 3. Archaic. to hold in respectful awe. v.i. 4. to be in… …

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  • 15 Awe — ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. a chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. [root]3. Cf. {Ugly}.] 1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or… …

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  • 16 To stand in awe of — Awe Awe ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. a chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. [root]3. Cf. {Ugly}.] 1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect.… …

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  • 17 awe — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fear, dread; wonder. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. reverence, wonder, reverential fear; see fear 2 , reverence 1 . See Synonym Study at reverence . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. wonder, fear, reverence …

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  • 18 dread — [[t]drɛd[/t]] v. t. 1) to fear greatly: to dread death[/ex] 2) to be very reluctant to do, meet, or experience 3) archaic to hold in respectful awe 4) to have fear or great reluctance 5) terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great …

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  • 19 awe — /ɔ / (say aw) noun 1. respectful or reverential fear, inspired by what is grand or sublime: to regard the works of nature with awe. 2. Obsolete a. fear or dread. b. the power to inspire such fear or dread. –verb (t) (awed, awing) 3. to inspire… …

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  • 20 awed — adj. awful; showing awe; struck with reverential fear, awestruck ɔː n. fear, fright; respect, veneration v. arouse respect or fear, amaze, intimidate …

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