a feeling of anxiety or fear
trepidation - fear
The word ‘trepidation’ is a formal way of expressing nervous or fearful feelings about something that is going to happen. It implies an intense reluctance to face what is ahead, often characterized by timidity, trembling, and hesitation.
Due to the recent downturn in the market, I’m feeling a certain amount of trepidation about the future of my business.
With some trepidation, I entered my manager’s office and told her that I had accepted another position elsewhere.
David’s extreme trepidity when it came to standing up for himself meant that he was often taken advantage of by others.