Definition of trepidation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌtrepɪˈdeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtrepɪˈdeɪʃn//
[uncountable] (formal) Fear
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great worry or fear about something unpleasant that may happen He knocked on the door with some trepidation. See related entries: Fear Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin trepidatio(n-), from trepidare ‘be agitated, tremble’, from trepidus ‘alarmed’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trepidation