Was afraid bloodsucker lost out to cardinal? (6)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'was afraid' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
I don't understand how the rest of the clue works.
(Other definitions for feared that I've seen before include "Was scared of", "Dreaded", "Was in awe of", "Was terrified", "Was uneasy or apprehensive about" and "Was afraid of".)