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trepidation (noun) anxiety, worry and fear about what might happen.
You experience trepidation just when, about to take an exam, you are worried and afraid that you might not do well in the exam. Trepidation is thus a mixture of fear, worry and anxiety caused by the feeling that something bad is going to happen.
- Kenneth entered the interview hall with some trepidation. He was worried and afraid how well he might do in the interview.
- As I was about to meet the great man, I felt a kind of trepidation. I was worried that I might not be able to impress him as the clever young man he had taken me for.