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A state of unpleasant arousal in situations of real threat (as opposed to anxiety, which generally occurs without the presence of any external stimulus).

Example: A soldier is pinned down by heavy fire; his ammunition is expended and all his friends are dead or wounded. He trembles with dread.

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Fear. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from