abject fear

See: phobia
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The King was unable to flee because he could not see which way to run; so he stood still and howled and shouted and screamed in abject fear.
Since the memorable adventure of the fulling mills," said Don Quixote, "I have never seen Sancho in such a fright as now; were I as superstitious as others his abject fear would cause me some little trepidation of spirit.
We were overtaken by as severe a thunder storm as I have ever seen, of which the King was in such abject fear that he commanded that we land at the Bishop of Durham's palace opposite which we then were.
The film attempts to understand the abject fear and courageous decisions of those who - over the course of just 90 minutes - transformed from a random assembly of disconnected strangers into bonded allies who confronted an unthinkable situation.
Seeing one lady with an abject fear of public speaking being re-programmed, so to speak, and then able to address our little gathering was particularly impressive.
With them, you set about creating and maintaining a climate of abject fear.
However, regarding the Haka and Graham Henry's whinge, it seems that any response, other than abject fear and a cowed demeanour, is not right.
I loved singing, apart from the abject fear of performing live in front of millions.
There's a fear that the Moosus will find out if you lose; a bigger fear that she'll find out if you win; the abject fear that you'll break even.
In two years, we've gone from abject fear of terrorists to using them for age-old rim-shot gags.
30 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 5 million Americans with social phobia live in abject fear of such routine social situations as eating in a restaurant, shopping, talking to their boss, speaking in a meeting, or even talking on the phone -- some to the point of becoming housebound or using alcohol and drugs to cope with their anxiety.