affright

[uh-frahyt] Archaic.
verb (used with object)
1.
to frighten.
noun
2.
sudden fear or terror; fright.
3.
a source of terror.
4.
the act of terrifying.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English afrighten, Old English āfyrhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + fyrhtan to fright

self-affrighted, adjective
unaffrighted, adjective
unaffrightedly, adverb
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affright (əˈfraɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to frighten
 
n
2.  a sudden terror
 
[Old English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to fright]

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affright
1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier pp. adj. affright "struck with sudden fear" (O.E. afyrht).
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Example sentences
The musicians, servants and rustics run away in affright.
Then, as she gazed in affright, he slowly sat up in the coffin.
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