- The definition of a trepidation is a trembling movement, fear or nervousness.
- 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.
A man faces his computer task with trepidation.
- 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 trepidātiō, from trepidō (“be agitated”)