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To express or react to fear - thesaurus

Synonyms

shout

verb

to make a sudden loud noise because you are afraid or are feeling pain

cry out

to make a loud noise because you are in pain or because you are afraid or shocked

tremble

verb

if your body or part of your body trembles, it shakes, usually because you are nervous, afraid, or excited

back away

to move away backwards from someone, for example because you are afraid

cringe

verb

to move back slightly from something that is unpleasant or frightening

bolt

verb

to run in a sudden way, especially because you are frightened

recoil

verb

to move quickly back from someone or something frightening or unpleasant

cower

verb

to move your body down and away from someone or something because you are frightened

shrink

verb

to move back or away from someone or something, especially because you are frightened or nervous

hyperventilate

verb

to breathe very fast in a way that is not normal, for example because you are frightened or nervous

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blanch

verb

mainly literary to be so shocked or frightened that your face becomes pale

blench

verb

mainly literary to react in a way that shows you are very frightened, for example by turning pale

bluster

verb

to speak in an angry or threatening way, often because you do not want to show that you are frightened or nervous

choke

verb

to say something in a strange voice and with difficulty because you are frightened, angry, sad etc

grovel

verb

showing disapproval to show too much respect for someone or be too willing to obey someone, because you want to please them or you are afraid of them

gulp

verb

to make a noise as you swallow air because you are surprised, excited, or afraid

scream

verb

to make a loud high cry because you are hurt, frightened, or excited

shriek

verb

to shout in a loud high voice because you are frightened, excited, or surprised

start

verb

to move suddenly because you are afraid or surprised by something

start back

to make a sudden nervous movement away from someone or something that has frightened you

tremble

verb

if your voice trembles, you cannot talk in a steady calm way, especially because you are nervous, afraid, or excited

wring your hands

to twist and squeeze your hands together, especially when you are afraid or nervous

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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