Does the sight of a snake fill you with panic and the desire to run away as quickly as possible? If so, you have a fear of snakes.

People have fear for many things: bugs, guns, heights, etc. Horror movies try to fill the audience with fear. Some fears make more sense than others. The fear of jumping out of planes makes a lot of sense, but the fear of public speaking isn't as logical: it won't kill you. Fear includes anxiety and can be very emotionally painful. If you're scared of anything, you know what fear is all about.

Definitions of fear
  1. noun
    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
    synonyms: fearfulness, fright
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    bravery, fearlessness
    feeling no fear
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    alarm, consternation, dismay
    fear resulting from the awareness of danger
    a feeling of fear and revulsion
    chill, frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    intense and profound fear
    excessive or uncontrollable fear
    affright, panic, terror
    an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
    panic attack, scare
    a sudden attack of fear
    stage fright
    fear that affects a person about to face an audience
    apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
    timidity, timidness, timorousness
    fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
    the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
    a panic or extreme discomposure
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment
    a feeling of evil to come
    apprehension about what is going to happen
    cold feet
    timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action
    a feeling of fear of embarrassment
    diffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt
    lack of self-confidence
    gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombreness
    a feeling of melancholy apprehension
    chill, pall
    a sudden numbing dread
    type of:
    any strong feeling
  2. noun
    an anxious feeling
    “they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction”
    synonyms: care, concern
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    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
  3. verb
    be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
    “I fear the winters in Moscow”
    “We should not fear the Communists!”
    synonyms: dread
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    be overcome by a sudden fear
    freak, freak out, gross out
    lose one's nerve
  4. verb
    be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event
    “I fear she might get aggressive”
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    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
  5. verb
    be uneasy or apprehensive about
    “I fear the results of the final exams”
  6. verb
    be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement
    “I fear I won't make it to your wedding party”
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    type of:
    express with regret
  7. noun
    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    “the fear of God”
    synonyms: awe, reverence, veneration
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    type of:
    any strong feeling
  8. verb
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
    Fear God as your father”
    synonyms: revere, reverence, venerate
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    enshrine, saint
    hold sacred
    show devotion to (a deity)
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    esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
    regard highly; think much of
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