A man faces his computer task with trepidation.
- An example of trepidation is when a speaker's hands are shaking due to nerves while giving a speech.
- An example of trepidation is an anxious feeling before the first day of college.
The definition of a trepidation is a trembling movement, fear or nervousness.
- Archaic tremulous or trembling movement; quaking; tremor
- fearful uncertainty, anxiety, etc.; apprehension
Origin of trepidationClassical Latin trepidatio from trepidatus, past participle of trepidare, to tremble from trepidus, disturbed, alarmed from Indo-European an unverified form trep-, to trip, tramp ( from base an unverified form ter-, to tremble) from source Old English thrafian, to press
- A state of alarm or dread; apprehension. See Synonyms at fear.
- Archaic An involuntary trembling or quivering.
Origin of trepidationLatin trepidātiō trepidātiōn- from trepidātus past participle of trepidāre to be in a state of confusion from trepidus anxious
From Latin trepidÄtiÅ, from trepidÅ (“be agitated")