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  • "How long have I been here?" he asked with trepidation.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • With growing trepidation she walked down to the stairwell,   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • I asked with slightly more trepidation.   (source)
  • "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.   (source)
  • With trepidation, Josiah rang the doorbell.   (source)
  • ...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.   (source)
  • However, I think you'll agree that I now leave you fairly often with little trepidation.   (source)
  • I made the call with trepidation but...   (source)
  • Wild excitement clashed with trepidation—Madeleine had made him sound formidable.   (source)
  • To hear the Agent speak with such trepidation had a powerful effect upon Max.   (source)
  • Then it's time for rounds, ... with trepidation, to the Children's Pavilion upstairs, where there always seems to be a baby with the sticklike limbs, the bloated belly, the reddish hair of kwashiorkor, a form of starvation.   (source)
    trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will be found
  • The next morning he entered his office in trepidation and waited to see what would happen.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • I poke my head in with more than a little trepidation, but Kinko is gone.   (source)
  • I could see surprise, shock, incredible excitement on all of their faces, but also hints of fear and trepidation.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness or anxiety about what will happen
  • With the team finally cleared for entry, they paused for a moment before continuing, with trepidation of what lay on the other side.   (source)
    trepidation = fear and anxiety
  • "What has happened?" we ask with trepidation.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • A certain pride mingled with his parents' trepidation,   (source)
  • When her inside dream was shaken, her body quivered with trepidation.   (source)
  • High in a treetop he stopped, and, poking his head cautiously from behind a branch, looked down with an air of trepidation.   (source)
  • ...the youngest of several daughters of a poor country parson, had ... come up to London, in trepidation, to answer in person an advertisement that...   (source)
  • It must be a beast, then, and we might as well have saved our trepidation.   (source)
    trepidation = fear
  • 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.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • 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.   (source)
    trepidation = fear or anxiety
  • 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.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • He accosted me with trepidation and passed on.   (source)
  • ...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;   (source)
  • ...preparing to garrison our fortress in warlike array, but with considerable trepidation,   (source)
  • 'I shall ask him what he wants first,' I said, in considerable trepidation.   (source)
  • I could never go out to breathe God's free air without trepidation at my heart.   (source)
    trepidation = fear or anxiety about what might happen
  • The mother held on to him with both her shaking hands, and eyed with intense trepidation every one who walked up to examine him.   (source)
    trepidation = fear or anxiety
  • Almost at once, trepidation set in.†   (source)
  • With trepidation, he allowed Tinder to take the meat directly from his hands.†   (source)
  • And we must do so without trepidation.†   (source)
  • Every time Paul saw uniformed Nazis, he was filled with trepidation.†   (source)
  • "I don't know" The middle beast, a tremor of trepidation in his words, said, "You aren't from a dark planet, are you?"†   (source)
  • Georgia was attempting to look confident, competent, but Mae saw fear and trepidation in her eyes.†   (source)
  • Still, I wanted to see it, and with trepidation—and as silently as possible, so that the bores in the living room would not hear the paper crinkling of the two bags—I opened just a little bit of the bag within the bag.†   (source)
  • Ned unrolled the paper with trepidation, thinking of Lysa and her terrible accusation, but the message did not concern Lady Arryn.†   (source)
  • "It looks—like a death trap," I finally say, unable to mask my trepidation.†   (source)
  • I ask, my voice shaking and full of trepidation.†   (source)
  • Cinder took the parts when he handed them to her, inspecting their craftsmanship with trepidation.†   (source)
  • "Master Namer," the Chancellor said with equal parts deference and trepidation.†   (source)
  • With more than a little trepidation, I agreed to go forward with the purchase.†   (source)
  • And yet with all their trepidation—full of "hungering" and "bitterness"—their surface, like that of the water, is placid.†   (source)
  • Every time I hear the clacking of high heels, I am seized with trepidation.†   (source)
  • I turned and walked back to the table with some trepidation.†   (source)
  • With some trepidation, Bloom told him the number: "A thousand dollars a week."†   (source)
  • Will's expression reminded me very much of his mother, Naomi—that look of trepidation she got just before she went onstage.†   (source)
  • 'We've been searching for you a very long time,' I said to him, my heart growing calmer, as if his calm were drawing off my trepidation, my care, like the sea drawing something into itself from the land.†   (source)
  • Although the racial issue was settled, Candy and I still flew to Perth with a great deal of trepidation.†   (source)
  • Despite my trepidation about meeting the Nielsens, I can't help smiling.†   (source)
  • I approach the panel that bears my name with trepidation, though I'm not sure what I have to fear from seeing my name and my parents' names carved into bronze.†   (source)
  • Her heart was beating with excitement and gladness, as well as grief and trepidation; she was trembling.†   (source)
  • Winnie was regarded with wariness and trepidation.†   (source)
  • Kelley replied with trepidation.†   (source)
  • She showered in his little bathroom, waiting to be seized by guilt or remorse, but neither came, only trepidation at what he might be feeling.†   (source)
  • My heart Pounded in trepidation as I sneaked to the kitchen, lifted the telephone receiver, and dialed the number I had memorized.†   (source)
  • With a feeling of trepidation I began to read.†   (source)
  • But after two days of sitting in fear and trepidation, the poor man couldn't get his vocal cords going.†   (source)
  • Brigid glances down the hall with both suspicion and trepidation.†   (source)
  • KATE rises in trepidation, to mediate.†   (source)
  • Sweltering beneath her prisoner's smock with the sweat of mingled hope and trepidation, she was aware that she had made a breach in his consciousness at last, implanted herself as fleshed reality within the scope of his perception.†   (source)
  • They expect—and not without considerable trepidation—their constituents to be the final judges of the wisdom of their course; but they have faith that those constituents—today, tomorrow or even in another generation—will at least respect the principles that motivated their independent stand.†   (source)
  • Trepidation rose thickly in her throat, but she nodded.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • Despite the welcome blast of warm air on his face, he stepped through the door with trepidation.   (source)
  • PARRIS, with trepidation—and resentment: I hope you do not mean we go to Satan here!   (source)
  • Despite my trepidation, Dad looks completely comfortable, holding a baby.   (source)
  • Eragon eyed the inhuman swordsmanship of the other elves with trepidation.   (source)
  • ...and he wondered, with a feeling of great trepidation, what had happened to make Lord Voldemort the happiest he had been in fourteen years.   (source)
    trepidation = fear
  • 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.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • Frank looked at Tyson with trepidation.   (source)
  • Princess Mary went to the door of the study with special trepidation.   (source)
    trepidation = fear or anxiety
  • 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.   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • 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.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
    trepidation = fear or anxiety
  • eagerness or trepidation   (source)
    trepidation = nervousness
  • Lieutenant Awn approached the Var decade room with trepidation, not knowing why I had sent her there.†   (source)
  • As Katherine hung up, she felt an unexpected twinge of trepidation.†   (source)
  • His voice is soft, full of trepidation when he says my name.†   (source)
  • And then with a touch of trepidation, he asked: "Is everything all right?"†   (source)
  • Trepidation found its way onto his face and he made a confession to the girl.†   (source)
  • Despite my trepidation at how she might react, I walked up to the three of them.†   (source)
  • That same feeling of trepidation deep within the pit of my stomach is back.†   (source)
  • Watanabe donned glasses to obscure his features and headed off, filled with trepidation.†   (source)
  • He turned to her, his expression one of trepidation.†   (source)
  • With great trepidation, she opened The Book Thief and turned the pages.†   (source)
  • I must have triggered feelings of trepidation.†   (source)
  • With trepidation, the sheets and cans moved and the light was passed out, exchanging hands.†   (source)
  • uiet trepidation settled over the Howard barn in the week before the Santa Anita Handicap.†   (source)
  • Alice watched him, feeling trepidation mixed with the familiar want that hid within her.†   (source)
  • Amanda was paralyzed with trepidation as the doctor came toward her.†   (source)
  • The vertigo as I approached the bed, the trepidation.†   (source)
  • They tried to distract each other from their trepidation.†   (source)
  • When at last, with great trepidation, Annie had told her about the baby, Grace was overjoyed.†   (source)
  • Relief and trepidation swept through Eragon.†   (source)
  • Trepidation, just this side of anticipation, tingled.†   (source)
  • Snow Flower did not share my trepidation.†   (source)
  • Kaeleigh The Dreaded Day Has arrived, and with it total trepidation.†   (source)
  • He blanched with trepidation when he guessed what was troubling Yossarian.†   (source)
  • He swallowed his trepidation and opted to run.†   (source)
  • 'There, there,' said Yossarian, with growing doubt and trepidation.†   (source)
  • We shall have to fly through it, Glaedr said, and Eragon felt Saphira's trepidation.†   (source)
  • Still, he could not help but feel a certain amount of trepidation about what he might discover.†   (source)
  • It was only then that we remembered, with trepidation, our bundles.†   (source)
  • Despite the pall of trepidation that settled over him upon seeing the words, Langdon told himself this was good news.†   (source)
  • His arms fell to his sides as he turned, looking around the Glade for a sign of Ben, trepidation building within him as he wondered what the boy would do when he saw him.†   (source)
  • "No," said Harry curtly, then, "let's keep looking," and he turned away, wishing he had not seen the stone: He did not want his excited trepidation tainted with resentment.†   (source)
  • If I told you that I didn't owe my book an apology, we'd both know it was untrue, and every author wraps up a manu-script with some trepidation as to its future welfare.†   (source)
  • They watched, in great trepidation, as he lowered his huge boulder of a head so that he could peer blearily at them.†   (source)
  • I had no trepidation at sending in my application for internship at Hopkins the fall of 1976 because I felt that I was as good as anybody else at that point in my training.†   (source)
  • His morning double-Potions lesson did nothing to dispel his trepidation, as Snape was as unpleasant as ever.†   (source)
  • That trepidation, however, becomes pointless once the manuscript becomes a book, as the old writers understood, which is why they told the poor book that it was now an orphan, that whatever parental protections the writer could offer had ended.†   (source)
  • Mal'akh's eyes moved with trepidation now to the stone pyramid on the floor beside the professor's open bag.†   (source)
  • Finally, overcoming enormous trepidation, Silas crawled to his feet and found his robe, which lay on the floor.†   (source)
  • By stopping the story where the drama normally kicks in, with the children innocently transgressing against the witch's property, Coover forces us to see how our responses—anxiety, trepidation, excitement—are conditioned by our previous encounters with the original fairy tale.†   (source)
  • Startled by the seamstress's tone, the Count saw with some trepidation that while one of her eyes had rolled toward the ceiling in exasperation, the other was bearing down on him like a cannonball.†   (source)
  • I would maintain this is not from trepidation on the writer's part (it's hard to find any evidence of Durrell being inhibited about much of anything) but from his sense that in novels so overheated by passion, the sexiest thing he can do is show everything but the lovemaking itself.†   (source)
  • We are bound to face moments of trepidation whether we venture onto the floor of the senate, the field of athletics, or ...the stage of a concert hall.†   (source)
  • Thus it must be with some trepidation that our Western reader meets any new character in a Russian novel—knowing that in the remote chance this character plays an important role in future chapters, he must now stop and commit the name to memory.†   (source)
  • His voice contained a complex mixture of emotions: respect, fear, and submission in the presence of an unknown authority; hope and trepidation as to his daughter's fate; and determination as unyielding as the mountains of the Spine.†   (source)
  • He Picked Up With some trepidation.†   (source)
  • In all, she presented a picture of fearsome devastation sufficient to inspire trepidation in even the bravest of souls.†   (source)
  • That's why they should be handled with great trepidation, not trusted, and held at arm's length whenever possible.†   (source)
  • But then he thought of Saphira sitting next to the forge, watching over him, and his trepidation receded, and he lowered the last of the defenses around his consciousness.†   (source)
  • Guilt and trepidation shot through him as he realized that it had been his duty to consult Nasuada first.†   (source)
  • Within a minute, the knot inside his gut loosened, his frown eased, and the presence of his fallen enemies no longer seemed quite so tangible...The wolves howled again, and after an initial burst of trepidation, he listened without fear, for their baying had lost the power to unsettle him.†   (source)
  • Despite All Trepidation Despite the monster, fluttering in and out of my head like some demented moth, drawn to whatever light might be left there, despite Bree, demanding I find a way to get high, as if I had a clue where to get crank back here in Kristina Land, despite Leigh, helping me lug one suitcase, her hand annoyingly pinching mine with every tug, every pull†   (source)
  • He swallowed his trepidation.†   (source)
  • I take it with great trepidation.†   (source)
  • Nately kept hissing with trepidation.†   (source)
  • Trepidation filled him.†   (source)
  • Even after the initial surge of fear subsided, a small amount of trepidation remained as he raced ahead.†   (source)
  • Before meeting Yossarian, there was no one in the group with whom he felt at ease, and he was hardly at ease with Yossarian, whose frequent rash and insubordinate outbursts kept him almost constantly on edge and in an ambiguous state of enjoyable trepidation.†   (source)
  • Ignoring his trepidation, Eragon cast his mind back to when Solembum had first arrived at the tent, and he carefully recalled everything that had transpired between the two of them thereafter.†   (source)
  • Annoyed that she had shown her trepidation, she cried: "I don't see why you've stayed here this long!†   (source)
  • "Thank you," she answered, with some trepidation and went out.†   (source)
  • He cracked his whip in some trepidation, and forthwith they rushed at him.†   (source)
  • It was with nervous trepidation that we made the first few rods of the journey.†   (source)
  • Then they turned on a private road, and in some trepidation approached a big farm.†   (source)
  • And he questioned her eyes with the clear trepidation of his own.†   (source)
  • We do so not without emotion and trepidation.†   (source)
  • The funniest part was, that in the midst of all these considerations of the higher order I was conscious of a certain trepidation as to the possibility—nay, likelihood—of this encounter ending in some disreputable brawl which could not possibly be explained, and would make me ridiculous.†   (source)
  • It was the first time that Philip set about a portrait, and he began with trepidation but also with pride.†   (source)
  • He believed this all the more, and with trepidation, because of the divine gloom and silence wherein dwelt the unseen Paraclete, Whose symbols were a dove and a mighty wind, to sin against Whom was a sin beyond forgiveness, the eternal mysterious secret Being to Whom, as God, the priests offered up mass once a year, robed in the scarlet of the tongues of fire.†   (source)
  • She fancied she saw a slow-gliding figure darker than the surrounding gloom; and she entered upon the fulfilment of her part of the plan in something like trepidation.†   (source)
  • I stood still, in trepidation.†   (source)
  • It was impossible for these ladies and their companions—among whom Lily had at once distinguished both Trenor and Rosedale—not to pass, in going out, the table at which the two girls were seated; and Gerty's sense of the fact betrayed itself in the helpless trepidation of her manner.†   (source)
  • Tess thought this was the mansion itself till, passing through the side wicket with some trepidation, and onward to a point at which the drive took a turn, the house proper stood in full view.†   (source)
  • I took it, and began gnawing it, as serenely as possible, in spite of a certain trepidation and the nearly intolerable closeness of the den.†   (source)
  • I had felt some trepidation lest she might become aware of the absurdities of her attire, or might experience some painful embarrassment at stepping suddenly into the world to which she had been dead for a quarter of a century.†   (source)
  • Sue jumped aside in trepidation.†   (source)
  • She had done all she could do; but determined not to escape present trepidation at the expense of future distress, she walked back again quite past the house, looking up at all the windows.†   (source)
  • They went in trepidation, almost afraid that the delight of exploring this ruin might be denied them.†   (source)
  • She had heard nothing of Lady Catherine that spoke her awful from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue, and the mere stateliness of money or rank she thought she could witness without trepidation.†   (source)
  • Up till late that evening, and all the following day, Vassily Ivanovitch kept catching at every possible excuse to go into his son's room; and though far from referring to the cut—he even tried to talk about the most irrelevant subjects—he looked so persistently into his face, and watched him in such trepidation, that Bazarov lost patience and threatened to go away.†   (source)
  • Now the ladies were on the side of Nicholas, and the gentlemen (being jealous) were on the side of the disappointed tragedian; so that the latter formed a little group about the redoubtable Mr Lenville, and the former looked on at a little distance in some trepidation and anxiety.†   (source)
  • When you look at me in a certain way my knees knock together, my faculties desert me; I'm filled with trepidation and I ask only for strength to execute your commands.†   (source)
  • Without waiting for any reply, the trapper walked boldly down the declivity in his front, taking the direction of the encampment, neither quickening his pace in trepidation, nor suffering it to be retarded by fear.†   (source)
  • It was with some trepidation that I perceived the hour approach when I was to repair with my charge to the drawing-room.†   (source)
  • Newman accepted every proposal, shook hands universally and promiscuously, and seemed equally unfamiliar with trepidation or with elation.†   (source)
  • There was no occasion, there was no time for Fanny to say how very differently she felt; but the idea of having such another to observe her was a great increase of the trepidation with which she performed the very awful ceremony of walking into the drawing-room.†   (source)
  • About my bet I feel no trepidation.†   (source)
  • Mrs General then took herself off in a stately way, and not with that amount of trepidation upon her which might have been expected in a less remarkable woman.†   (source)
  • This thought fills him with anxiety, fear, and regret, and keeps his mind in ceaseless trepidation, which leads him perpetually to change his plans and his abode.†   (source)
  • "You cannot think I mean to hurry you," said he, in an undervoice, perceiving the amazing trepidation with which she made up the note, "you cannot think I have any such object.†   (source)
  • After putting this question to himself, he paused; he seemed to undergo a momentary hesitation and trepidation; but it did not last long, and he answered himself calmly:— "Well, this man is going to the galleys; it is true, but what the deuce!†   (source)
  • He drew Ralph Nickleby to the further end of the room, and pointed towards Gride, who sat huddled together in a corner, fumbling nervously with the buttons of his coat, and exhibiting a face, of which every skulking and base expression was sharpened and aggravated to the utmost by his anxiety and trepidation.†   (source)
  • But he clung to me with growing trepidation; and on Mr. Heathcliff's taking a seat and bidding him 'come hither' he hid his face on my shoulder and wept.†   (source)
  • He did not gather his eyebrows together, for he had none worth mentioning; but he frowned to that degree that he almost closed his small eyes, while the hurried raising of his grisly hand to his chin betrayed some trepidation or surprise.†   (source)
  • Pierre went into that gloomy study which he had entered with such trepidation in his benefactor's lifetime.†   (source)
  • He felt a certain trepidation as he reflected that she might come in with the knowledge of his supreme admiration and of the project he had built upon it in her eyes; but the feeling was not disagreeable.†   (source)
  • It cannot well be doubted, that the one visible quality in the aspect of the dead which most appals the gazer, is the marble pallor lingering there; as if indeed that pallor were as much like the badge of consternation in the other world, as of mortal trepidation here.†   (source)
  • But, although she was in no small degree delighted by this discovery, which reflected so much credit on her own quickness of perception, it did not lessen her motherly anxiety in Kate's behalf; and accordingly, with a vast quantity of trepidation, she quitted her own box to hasten into that of Mrs Wititterly.†   (source)
  • It would have been better, as it turned out, to have led gently up to this announcement, for Mrs. Micawber, being in a delicate state of health, was overcome by it, and was taken so unwell, that Mr. Micawber was obliged, in great trepidation, to run down to the water-butt in the backyard, and draw a basinful to lave her brow with.†   (source)
  • On the morning of the day that the young couple were to arrive, Princess Mary entered the antechamber as usual at the time appointed for the morning greeting, crossing herself with trepidation and repeating a silent prayer.†   (source)
  • LINDA [hearing WILLY outside the bedroom, calls with some trepidation]:   (source)
  • Don Quixote felt uneasy, Sancho frightened, and the duke and duchess displayed a certain trepidation.   (source)
  • In all he says, despite what he says, there is pity, and, now, trepidation.†   (source)
  • Here pilgrims roam, that strayed so far to seek
    In Golgotha him dead, who lives in Heaven;
    And they, who to be sure of Paradise,
    Dying, put on the weeds of Dominick,
    Or in Franciscan think to pass disguised;
    They pass the planets seven, and pass the fixed,
    And that crystalling sphere whose balance weighs
    The trepidation talked, and that first moved;
    And now Saint Peter at Heaven's wicket seems
    To wait them with his keys, and now at foot
    Of Heaven's ascent they lift their feet, when lo
    A violent cross wind from either coast
    Blows them transverse, ten thousand leagues awry
    Into the devious air: Then might ye see
    Cowls, hoods, and habits, with thei†   (source)
  • Don Quixote in his trepidation began saying, "I conjure thee, phantom, or whatever thou art, tell me what thou art and what thou wouldst with me.†   (source)
  • I opened it with fear and trepidation, persuaded that it must be something serious that had impelled her to write to me when at a distance, as she seldom did so when I was near.†   (source)
  • "Since the memorable adventure of the fulling mills," said Don Quixote, "I have never seen Sancho in such a fright as now; were I as superstitious as others his abject fear would cause me some little trepidation of spirit.†   (source)
  • ABIGAIL, with hushed trepidation: How is Ruth sick?   (source)
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