She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
I’m feeling something between normal trepidation and excessive test anxiety.
we walked home in trepidation, certain that Assef and his friends would ambush us every time we turned a corner.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
After seven months, Wes met his graduation from Job Corps with as much trepidation as excitement.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
...and he wondered, with a feeling of great trepidation, what had happened to make Lord Voldemort the happiest he had been in fourteen years.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Thomas felt one final moment of trepidation, a quick slice of fear through his body, and then it vanished.
James Dashner -- The Maze Runner
ABIGAIL, with hushed trepidation: How is Ruth sick?
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
With trepidation, Josiah rang the doorbell.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
Princess Mary went to the door of the study with special trepidation.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
"Hello, Reverend," I said, swallowing my trepidation.
Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
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With great trepidation, he approached the cockpit and watched the pilot, gauging if he was alive, at which point, he still was.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
In some trepidation, Harry opened the last parcel on his camp bed.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Descending below ground level, Langdon fought a rising trepidation.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
The next morning he entered his office in trepidation and waited to see what would happen.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
"How long have I been here?" he asked with trepidation.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
’I shall ask him what he wants first,’ I said, in considerable trepidation.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
I poke my head in with more than a little trepidation, but Kinko is gone.
Sara Gruen -- Water for Elephants
The mother held on to him with both her shaking hands, and eyed with intense trepidation every one who walked up to examine him.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
With growing trepidation she walked down to the stairwell,
Stephen King -- The Shining
Despite the welcome blast of warm air on his face, he stepped through the door with trepidation.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
A certain pride mingled with his parents’ trepidation,
James Joyce -- Dubliners
I asked with slightly more trepidation.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
Eragon eyed the inhuman swordsmanship of the other elves with trepidation.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
I made the call with trepidation but...
Ellen Hopkins -- Crank
...preparing to garrison our fortress in warlike array, but with considerable trepidation,
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
A woman of orderly and industrious appearance rose from her knees in a corner, with sufficient haste and trepidation to show that she was the person referred to.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
Don Quixote felt uneasy, Sancho frightened, and the duke and duchess displayed a certain trepidation.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
High in a treetop he stopped, and, poking his head cautiously from behind a branch, looked down with an air of trepidation.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
Frank looked at Tyson with trepidation.
Rick Riordan -- The Son of Neptune
She could see the trepidation even on Basta’s face, although he was doing his best to hide it by assuming a particularly bored expression.
Cornelia Funke -- Inkheart
For some days, I even kept close at home, and looked out at the kitchen door with the greatest caution and trepidation before going on an errand, lest the officers of the County Jail should pounce upon me.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
LINDA [hearing WILLY outside the bedroom, calls with some trepidation]:
Arthur Miller -- Death of a Salesman
...when drawing nigh the coasts of foreign lands, if by night he hear the roar of breakers, starts to vigilance, and feels just enough of trepidation to sharpen all his faculties;
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
a world whose inhabitants walked in trepidation, in fear of opening up.
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
When he reached the turning into the street, in an agony of trepidation he looked down it… at the house… and at once averted his eyes.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
Harry could hear the tiniest note of trepidation in that callous voice, and knew that Greyback was wondering whether he had just indeed just attacked and bound the son of a Ministry Official.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
"What has happened?" we ask with trepidation.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
Trepidation rose thickly in her throat, but she nodded.
Stephen King -- Carrie
I could never go out to breathe God’s free air without trepidation at my heart.
Harriet Jacobs -- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
I could see surprise, shock, incredible excitement on all of their faces, but also hints of fear and trepidation.
James Patterson -- The Angel Experiment
I was by this time in a state of such excessive trepidation and wandering of mind, as to be quite unable to fix my attention on anything.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
It must be a beast, then, and we might as well have saved our trepidation.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
eagerness or trepidation
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
However, I think you’ll agree that I now leave you fairly often with little trepidation.
Sarah Dessen -- Lock and Key
When her inside dream was shaken, her body quivered with trepidation.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
She knew Anna Arkadyevna, but only very slightly, and she came now to her sister’s with some trepidation, at the prospect of meeting this fashionable Petersburg lady, whom everyone spoke so highly of.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
The next phase of the supersession of Henchard in Lucetta’s heart was an experiment in calling on her performed by Farfrae with some apparent trepidation.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
...the youngest of several daughters of a poor country parson, had ... come up to London, in trepidation, to answer in person an advertisement that...
Henry James -- The Turn of the Screw
...when I entered my address in her register as ’Darlington Hall’, I could see her look at me with some trepidation, assuming no doubt that I was some gentleman used to such places as the Ritz or the Dorchester and that I would storm out of her guest house on being shown my room.
Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Remains of the Day
"I’m in a hurry at the moment," I tell him, "but I’d like to come back and hear you play again."
"Oh, all right," he says, smiling appreciatively but with trepidation.