fearful vs fearsome : Common Errors in English

About fearful vs fearsome

To be “fearful” is to be afraid. To be “fearsome” is to cause fear in others. Remember that someone who is fierce is fearsome rather than fearful.

fearful Meaning(s)

  • (s) experiencing or showing fear
  • (s) causing fear or dread or terror
  • (a) lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
  • (s) extremely distressing
  • (s) timid by nature or revealing timidity

fearsome Meaning(s)

  • (s) causing fear or dread or terror

fearful in News

  1. Towns concerned with rising water level at Long Pond

    With several docks under water after the recent rains, residents living along the shores of Long Pond are fearful of the rising waters and a repeat of the extensive flooding that occurred in 2010.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Standard-Times

  2. Tom Keane: Whistleblower acted as patriot

    Americans are divided on the issue. Those who prefer security will support the NSA’s efforts. Those fearful of government overreach will not.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Omaha World-Herald

  3. Dog Disease Infecting Tigers, Making Them Fearless

    A domestic dog virus is posing a new threat to endangered tigers in the wild-partly by making them less fearful of people, experts say.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: National Geographic

fearsome in News

  1. Under Whitey Bulger’s glare, statie testifies about ‘informant’

    A pair of bookies allegedly shaken down by James “Whitey” Bulger’s fearsome and well-armed Winter Hill gang are set to testify in his murder and racketeering trial today, as prosecutors pound their theme that he sat atop the ruthless syndicate while defense attorneys hammer the sweetheart deals between mob heavies and corrupt feds. Bookmakers Dick O’Brien and James Katz, who authorities say were ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Herald

  2. Raider legends ready to teach

    Once upon a time, the Oakland Raiders were a truly fearsome football team.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Lompoc Record

  3. Former Raider legends are coming to town

    Once upon a time, the Oakland Raiders were a truly fearsome football team.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Santa Maria Times

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