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affright

[uh-frahyt] /əˈfraɪt/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English afrighten, Old English āfyrhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + fyrhtan to fright
Related forms
self-affrighted, adjective
unaffrighted, adjective
unaffrightedly, adverb
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Examples for affright
  • The musicians, servants and rustics run away in affright.
  • Then, as she gazed in affright, he slowly sat up in the coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for affright

affright

/əˈfraɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to frighten
noun
2.
a sudden terror
Word Origin
Old English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to fright
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Word Origin and History for affright
v.

1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier past participle adjective affright "struck with sudden fear" (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Related: Affrighted; affrighting.

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