apprehension 1 arrest, detention, attachment (see under ARREST vb)
Analogous words: seizing or seizure, taking (see corresponding verbs at TAKE): capturing or capture, catching (see corresponding verbs at CATCH)
Contrasted words: releasing or release, discharging or discharge, liberation (see corresponding verbs at FREE)
2 comprehension (see under APPREHEND 2)
Analogous words: understanding, appreciation (see corresponding verbs at UNDERSTAND): perceiving or perception, observing or observation, noticing or notice, noting (see corresponding verbs at SEE)
3 Apprehension, foreboding, misgiving, presentiment denote fear (or an instance of it) that something is going wrong or will go wrong.
Apprehension usually implies fear that obsesses the mind and keeps one anxious and worried

be under apprehension concerning a child’s health


peasants who have survived a famine will be perpetually haunted by memory and apprehensionRussell

Foreboding particularly designates oppressive anticipatory fear or superstitious, unreasoning, or inadequately defined fear; thus, one may relieve a person’s apprehensions yet find it hard to dispel his forebodings

there was a sadness and constraint about all persons that day, which filled Mr. Esmond with gloomy forebodingsThackeray

Misgiving suggests uneasiness and mistrust rather than anxiety or dread; it is often applied to sudden fears (as a suspicion that one is making a mistake, a doubt of one’s capacity to accomplish what one has undertaken, or a disturbing loss of courage)

in the midst of my anecdote a sudden misgiving chilled me—had I told them about this goat before?— L. P. Smith


his self-confidence had given place to a misgiving that he had been making a fool of himself— Shaw

Presentiment implies a vague feeling or a dim, almost mystical, perception of something (not necessarily unpleasant) that seems bound to happen; however, because it frequently suggests an element of anticipatory fear and, in many cases, of foreboding, it comes into comparison with the other words of this group

the delicious repose of the soul . . . had been shaken . . . and alarmed with dim presentimentGeorge Eliot

Analogous words: *fear, dread, alarm, panic: worry, anxiety, *care
Antonyms: confidence
Contrasted words: *trust, faith: assurance, self-possession (see CONFIDENCE): *equanimity, sangfroid, composure

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