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3 definitions found
 for fearful
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fearful \Fear"ful\ (f[=e]r"f[.u]l), a.
     1. Full of fear, apprehension, or alarm; afraid; frightened.
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              Anxious amidst all their success, and fearful amidst
              all their power.                      --Bp.
                                                    Warburton.
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     2. Inclined to fear; easily frightened; without courage;
        timid.
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              What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted?
                                                    --Deut. xx. 8.
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     3. Indicating, or caused by, fear.
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              Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
                                                    --Shak.
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     4. Inspiring fear or awe; exciting apprehension or terror;
        terrible; frightful; dreadful.
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              This glorious and fearful name, The Lord thy God.
                                                    --Deut.
                                                    xxviii. 58.
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              Death is a fearful thing.             --Shak.
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              In dreams they fearful precipices tread. --Dryden.
  
     Syn: Apprehensive; afraid; timid; timorous; horrible;
          distressing; shocking; frightful; dreadful; awful.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fearful
      adj 1: experiencing or showing fear; "a fearful glance";
             "fearful of criticism"
      2: causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful
         risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that
         London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster";
         "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a
         dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions
         shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: awful, dire,
         direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful,
         fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,
         terrible]
      3: lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly
         dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley [syn: cowardly,
         fearful] [ant: brave, courageous]
      4: extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a
         frightful mistake" [syn: fearful, frightful]
      5: timid by nature or revealing timidity; "timorous little
         mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the
         large dog" [syn: fearful, timorous, trepid]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  163 Moby Thesaurus words for "fearful":
     aflutter, afraid, aghast, agitated, alarmed, alarming, all nerves,
     all-overish, anxious, anxioused up, appalling, apprehensive,
     atrocious, awful, awing, baleful, bashful, bothered, chicken,
     chickenhearted, chilling, concerned, coward, cowardly, cowed,
     daunted, daunting, deadly, deterrent, deterring, diffident, dire,
     direful, discomposed, disconcerting, discouraging, disgusting,
     disheartening, dismayed, dismaying, disquieted, disquieting,
     disturbed, dreadful, edgy, excitable, fainthearted, fear-inspiring,
     fearing, fearsome, foreboding, formidable, frightened, frightening,
     frightful, funking, funky, ghastly, goosy, grim, grisly, gruesome,
     heinous, henhearted, hesitant, hideous, high-strung, horrendous,
     horrible, horrific, horrifying, howling, in a pucker, in a stew,
     in fear, intimidated, irritable, jittery, jumpy, lily-livered,
     loathsome, lurid, macabre, malign, milk-livered, milksoppish,
     milksoppy, misgiving, monstrous, mousy, nauseating, nauseous,
     nerves on edge, nervous, nervy, on edge, on tenterhooks,
     overanxious, overapprehensive, overawing, overstrung, overtimid,
     overtimorous, overwhelming, panic-prone, panic-stricken, panicky,
     perturbed, pigeonhearted, pusillanimous, rabbity, redoubtable,
     repugnant, repulsive, revolting, rousing, scared, scaring, scary,
     shaky, shivery, shocking, shrinking, shy, sinister, sissified,
     sissy, skittery, skittish, soft, solicitous, startling, startlish,
     strained, sublime, suspenseful, tense, terrible, terrific,
     terrified, terrifying, terror-stricken, thumping, timid, timorous,
     trembling, tremendous, tremulous, trepidant, trigger-happy,
     troubled, uneasy, unmanly, unmanned, unspeakable, unwilling, weak,
     weak-kneed, weakhearted, whacking, white-livered, yellow,
     zealous
  
  

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