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Definition of Trepidation

Trepidation

  1. An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering.
  2. Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion; fright; as, the men were in great trepidation.
  3. 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.

Trepidation Quotations

I turn to the 'Telegraph's' obituaries page with trepidation.
Christopher Lee

The good thing about not being drop-dead gorgeous is that as time passes, I don't have much to worry about. I have friends who are actors and every day they look in the mirror with trepidation.
Moby

The idea of collaborating with anyone else was quite daunting. If Battles had any trepidation in asking me, I can assure you I had more after agreeing to do it.
Gary Numan

You are not thinking hard enough if you are sleeping well. And you would have to be unhinged to take on a subject like the French Revolution, or Rembrandt, and not feel some trepidation. There is always the possibility that you will crash and burn, and the whole thing will be a horrible, vulgar, self-indulgent mess.
Simon Schama

I told Mother of my decision to study medicine. She encouraged me to speak to Father... I began in a roundabout way... He listened, looking at me with that serious and penetrating gaze of his that caused me such trepidation, and asked whether I knew what I wanted to do.
Rita Levi-Montalcini
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Trepidation Translations

trepidation in German is Zittern, Angst {f}
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