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fearful

adjective
     
fear‧ful
1 formal frightened that something might happen:
a shy and fearful child
fearful of
People are fearful of rising crime in the area.
fearful that
Officials are fearful that the demonstrations will cause new violence.
2 British English extremely bad [= awful, terrible]:
The room was in a fearful mess.
3 [only before noun] written very frightening [= terrifying]:
a fearful creature
fearfulness noun [uncountable]

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