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Timorousness   Listen

Fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions.  Synonyms: timidity, timidness.
Fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities.  Synonym: timidity.

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"Timorousness" Quotes from Famous Books

... preface condemned by Johnson: "Translation is commonly either verbal, a paraphrase, or an imitation.... The manner that seems most suitable for this present undertaking is neither to follow the author too close out of a critical timorousness, nor abandon him too wantonly through a poetic boldness. The original should always be kept in mind, without too apparent a deviation from the sense. Where it is otherwise, it is not a version but an imitation."[429] Grainger says ...
— Early Theories of Translation • Flora Ross Amos

... lucky. At the last minute he substituted for the more reliable Flyaway his Tiny Tim, a dapper little solicitor, not more than sixty, who to the timorousness of the hare unites some of her speed. In fact, in his excess of terror he sometimes runs himself to a standstill before the completion of the course. He suffers, moreover, from short sight and in consequence is a notoriously bad starter. On the morning in question he ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 8th, 1920 • Various

... Mrs. Gallito, all timorousness again, beat her hands lightly together, in a distressful flurry. "No, he's there," she whispered, and glanced anxiously about her. Then she came nearer. "I heard Gallito and Bob talking about him only yesterday and Bob said there was some mischief brewing ...
— The Black Pearl • Mrs. Wilson Woodrow

... say it is better to deal with a Turk than with him, for fairer dealings they shall have at his hands. This Talkative, if it be possible, will go beyond them, defraud, beguile, and overreach them. Besides, he brings up his sons to follow in his steps; and if he finds in any of them a 'foolish timorousness' (for so he calls the first appearance of a tender conscience), he calls them fools and blockheads, and by no means will employ them in much, or speak to their commendation before others. For my part, I am of opinion that he has, by his wicked life, caused many to stumble and fall, and will ...
— Talkers - With Illustrations • John Bate

Words linked to "Timorousness" :   self-distrust, cold feet, timidity, faintheartedness, fear, self-doubt, fearfulness, fright, boldness, faintness, timid, diffidence, shyness

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