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apprehension
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • No, he thought, not dread, there’s nothing to fear: just an immense, diffused apprehension, with no source or object.
  • Whenever she returned, he felt as if the world became clear, simple, easy to face-and he forgot his moments of shapeless apprehension.

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  • Then, as she watched him, the apprehension vanished.
  • But she felt a vague apprehension which she could not define, the suggestion that there was something of grave consequence in whatever had made him say it, something dangerous to him.
  • There were a few times, that winter, when she felt an undefined apprehension: the professor’s words kept returning to her mind, as a warning which she could not explain.
  • But the loudest screaming of the most hysterical editorial roused no emotion in himwhile a variation of a decimal point in a laboratory report on a test of Rearden Metal made him leap to his feet in eagerness or apprehension.
  • The note of apprehension was obvious in her voice now.
  • She found herself staring at the stubs of her cigarettes in the ashtray stand beside her, and wondered why it gave her a sharper feeling of apprehension.
  • He had attended to the matter without breaking his chain of appointments, without raising his voice, without sign of strain, uncertainty or apprehension; he had acted with the swift precision of a military commander under sudden fire-and Gwen Ives, his secretary, had acted as his calmest lieutenant.
  • Her faint apprehension grew into a question mark, and the question mark turned into a drill, cutting deeper and deeper into her mind through the evenings that followed-when Galt left the house and she remained alone.

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  • She had never experienced it before, this sense of apprehension at the sight of a prairie, this feeling that the rail was only a fragile thread stretched across an enormous emptiness, like a worn nerve ready to break.
  • They could not decipher the expression on his face, except that it showed no sign of apprehension.

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as in: apprehension about finals Define
worry about what is to come
as in: apprehension of the criminal Define
the capture of a criminal
as in: conscious apprehension is limited Define
to understand or: in psychology and philosophy: immediate awareness prior to analysis and judgment
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