(rare) The physical act of seizing]] or [[take hold, taking hold of; seizure.
* 2006 , Phil Senter, "Comparison of Forelimb Function between Deinonychus'' and ''Babiraptor'' (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridea)", ''Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 26, no. 4 (Dec.), p. 905:
(legal) The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest.
* 1855 , , North and South , ch. 37:
- The wing would have been a severe obstruction to apprehension of an object on the ground.
The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.
* 1815 , , "On Life," in A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays (1840 edition):
- The warrant had been issued for his apprehension on the charge of rioting.
Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
* 1901 , , Penelope's English Experiences , ch. 8:
- We live on, and in living we lose the apprehension of life.
The faculty by which ideas are conceived or by which perceptions are grasped; understanding.
* 1854 , , Hard Times , ch. 7:
- We think we get a kind of vague apprehension of what London means from the top of a 'bus better than anywhere else.
Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.
* 1846 , , Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life , ch. 32:
- Strangers of limited information and dull apprehension were sometimes observed not to know what a Powler was.
- Every circumstance which evinced the savage nature of the beings at whose mercy I was, augmented the fearful apprehensions that consumed me.
* Apprehension'' springs from a sense of danger when somewhat remote, but approaching; ''alarm'' arises from danger when announced as near at hand. ''Apprehension'' is less agitated and more persistent; ''alarm is more agitated and transient.
* (anticipation of unfavorable things) alarm
* Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
a silent and reserved nature
* 1890 , Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray :
*:Basil's absurd fits of jealousy, his wild devotion, his extravagant panegyrics, his curious reticences , — he understood them all now, and he felt sorry.
* 1897 , Bram Stoker, Dracula :
*: You must not be angry with him, Art, because his very reticence means that all his brains are working for her good.(attention)
* reserve, secrecy, taciturnity
* bashfulness, demureness, diffidence, quietness, reservation, shyness, timidity
* openness, talkativeness
* loquaciousness, ostentation