afraid

To be afraid is to be scared. People are afraid of snakes, bugs, heights, bears, death, and public speaking, among other things.

Being afraid means you have a fear of something — and people are afraid of all sorts of things, from guns to ghosts to being in arguments. People also say, "I'm afraid I have some bad news," which doesn't mean they're afraid of the news, but sorry that they have to share it. It's a similar situation for the saying "I'm afraid so," which is a nice way of saying "I'm sorry, but the answer is yes."

Definitions of afraid
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adj filled with fear or apprehension

afraid even to turn his head”
“suddenly looked afraid
afraid for his life”
afraid of snakes”
afraid to ask questions”
Synonyms:
acrophobic
suffering from acrophobia; abnormally afraid of high places
afeard, afeared
a pronunciation of afraid
aghast, appalled, dismayed, shocked
struck with fear, dread, or consternation
agoraphobic
suffering from agoraphobia; abnormally afraid of open or public places
alarmed
experiencing a sudden sense of danger
algophobic
suffering from algophobia; abnormally afraid of pain
apprehensive
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
hangdog
frightened into submission or compliance
claustrophobic
suffering from claustrophobia; abnormally afraid of closed-in places
fearful
experiencing or showing fear
frightened, scared
made afraid
horrified, horror-stricken, horror-struck
stricken with horror
hunted
reflecting the fear or terror of one who is hunted
aquaphobic, hydrophobic
abnormally afraid of water
mysophobic
suffering from mysophobia; abnormally afraid of dirt or contamination
frightened, panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicked, panicky, terrified
thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation
numb
so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified
terror-stricken, terror-struck
struck or filled with terror
triskaidekaphobic
suffering from triskaidekaphobia (abnormal fear of the number 13)
unnerved
deprived of courage and strength
white-lipped
having white lips from fear or terror
xenophobic
suffering from xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign
timid
showing fear and lack of confidence
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
Antonyms:
fearless, unafraid
oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
unapprehensive
not recognizing or slow to recognize danger
unblinking, unflinching, unintimidated, unshrinking
not shrinking from danger
unfrightened
not affected by fright
bold
fearless and daring
brave, courageous
possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
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adj feeling worry or concern or insecurity

“She was afraid that I might be embarrassed”
“terribly afraid of offending someone”
“I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict”
Synonyms:
concerned
feeling or showing worry or solicitude

adj having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

afraid of hard work”
afraid to show emotion”
Synonyms:
disinclined
unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval

adj filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

“I'm afraid I won't be able to come”
“he was afraid he would have to let her go”
“I'm afraid you're wrong”
Synonyms:
concerned
feeling or showing worry or solicitude