What is fear?

  • (noun): A profound emotion inspired by a deity.
    Example: "The fear of God"
    Synonyms: reverence, awe, veneration
    See also — Additional definitions below


Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat that causes animals to move quickly away from the location of the perceived threat, and sometimes hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible. Some psychologists such as John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that there is only a small set of basic or innate emotions and that fear is one of them. This hypothesized set includes such emotions as joy, sadness, and anger. Fear should be distinguished from the emotion anxiety, which typically occurs without any certain or immediate external threat.

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... The main theme of "Far Away" is fear ... More specifically, the fear imposed by a government upon its citizens ... This fear permeates the work from the smuggling of people by Joan's uncle to the public march of death for prisoners of the government ...
Trypanophobia - In Popular Culture - Fictional
... In the NBC series Chuck, the title character's fear of needles is addressed in the episodes "Chuck versus the Helicopter," "Chuck versus the Ex," and "Chuck versus the Third Dimension." In ... In the end however, he confronts his fear to save Private from trying to take his shot to keep him from getting sick "or worse." Fear of needles was the main theme in the ... Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots declared his fear of needles later in the game, which explained why he did not have any nanomachines in his system ...
Fear Strikes Out
... Fear Strikes Out (1957) is a dramatic film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall ... It is based on Piersall's autobiography Fear Strikes Out The Jim Piersall Story, written by Al Hirshberg ...
... Fear of needles, also known as needle phobia (and rarely as trypanophobia), is the extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles ... belonephobia, or enetophobia, although these terms may also refer to a more general fear of sharply pointed objects ...

More definitions of "fear":

  • (noun): An emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight).
    Synonyms: fearfulness, fright
  • (verb): Be uneasy or apprehensive about.
    Example: "I fear the results of the final exams"
  • (verb): Be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event.
    Example: "I fear she might get aggressive"
  • (verb): Be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement.
    Example: "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
  • (noun): An anxious feeling.
    Example: "They hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
    Synonyms: concern, care
  • (verb): Be afraid or scared of; be frightened of.
    Example: "I fear the winters in Moscow"; "We should not fear the Communists!"
    Synonyms: dread
  • (verb): Regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of.
    Example: "Fear God as your father"
    Synonyms: reverence, revere, venerate

Famous quotes containing the word fear:

    I am a very foolish fond old man,
    Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less;
    And to deal plainly,
    I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.
    Bible: Hebrew, Deuteronomy 31:6.

    No Raven’s wing can stretch the flight so far
    As the torn bandrols of Napoleon’s war.
    Choose then your climate, fix your best abode,
    He’ll make you deserts and he’ll bring you blood.
    How could you fear a dearth? have not mankind,
    Tho slain by millions, millions left behind?
    Has not conscription still the power to weild
    Her annual faulchion o’er the human field?
    A faithful harvester!
    Joel Barlow (1754–1812)