trepidation
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  • (RP, America) IPA: /ˌtɹɛp.ɪˈdeɪ.ʃən/
Noun

trepidation

  1. A fearful state; a state of concern or hesitation.
    Synonyms: agitation, apprehension, consternation, fear, hesitation, worry
    I decided, with considerable trepidation, to let him drive my car without me.
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter VII, Section vi
      She opened the drawing-room door in trepidation. Would she find Esther drowned with her head in the goldfish bowl, or hanged from the chandelier by her stay-lace?
  2. An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering.
  3. (astronomy, obsolete) A libration of the starry sphere in the Ptolemaic system; a motion ascribed to the firmament, to account for certain small changes in the position of the ecliptic and of the stars.
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