big, deep, deep-seated, genuine, great, intense, overwhelming, pure, real, terrible, utter

My biggest fear was that my children would get sick.

It was the first time she had experienced real fear.

general, widespread
constant, nagging

the constant fear of discovery

irrational, unfounded, unreasonable

Our fears proved unfounded.

legitimate, well-founded

the most primal fear, that of death

mortal, paralysing/paralyzing

Public fears about the disease increased.


the girl's childhood fear of being eaten by monsters

experience, feel, have

She did not know why she should feel such fear.

be filled with, be gripped by, be paralysed/paralyzed by, be paralysed/paralyzed with, tremble with
express, show, voice

The boy showed no fear.

Doctors have voiced fears that we may be facing an epidemic.

confront, face
cause, inspire, instil/instill

the fear that her mother had instilled in her

fuel, heighten, raise, stoke

This incident will fuel fears of a full-scale war.

This stoked fears of financial difficulties.


My worst fears were confirmed.

allay, alleviate, assuage, calm, conquer, dispel, ease, overcome, quell

The government is anxious to allay the public's fears.

She managed to overcome her fear.

hide, mask
abate, subside

When she heard the news, some of her fear subsided.

grow (esp. BrE)

Fears are growing of a new oil embargo.

grip sb, haunt sb, overcome sb

A sudden fear gripped him.

course through sb, wash over sb, wash through sb
strike sb
for fear of

Nobody refused for fear of being fired.

in fear

He ran away in fear.

in fear of

The men hesitated in fear of whatever was to come next.

out of fear

He lied out of fear.

through fear

The students obeyed through fear of punishment.

with fear

His face was white with fear.

without fear

She stared at him without fear.

fear about

his fear about what might happen

fear for

my fear for her safety

fear of

They have a terrible fear of failure.

fear over

new fears over terrorism

fear and loathing
fear and trembling, fear and trepidation

The men set off in fear and trepidation.

live in

The people live in fear of attack by the bandits.

strike fear into (the heart of) sb

The sound of gunfire struck fear into the hearts of the villagers.

genuinely, greatly, really

This disease is greatly feared.

I really feared that this might be the end.


Everyone rightly feared the coming war.

seem to
begin to
learn to

He learned to fear and respect this force of nature.


We feared for their safety.

have little to fear, have nothing to fear

You have nothing to fear from him.

have reason to fear sth
have no reason to fear sth
Fear is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑critic, ↑expert
Fear is used with these nouns as the object: ↑answer, ↑backlash, ↑consequence, ↑death, ↑effect, ↑failure, ↑persecution, ↑rejection, ↑repercussion, ↑reprisal, ↑retaliation, ↑retribution, ↑worst, ↑wrath

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