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adjective fearful pronunciation in British English /ˈfɪə(r)f(ə)l/
  1. 1
    frightened
    Fearful parents kept their children indoors.
    fearful (that): We’re fearful that fighting will start up again.
    fearful of: Fearful of another attack, civilians are fleeing the capital.
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  2. 2
    informal old-fashioned used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is
    She’s a fearful gossip.
    a fearful mess/muddle
  3. 3
    old-fashioned frightening
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