fraught

[frawt]
adjective
1.
Archaic. filled or laden (with): ships fraught with precious wares.
noun
2.
Scot. a load; cargo; freight (of a ship).
Idioms
3.
fraught with, full of; accompanied by; involving: a task fraught with danger.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht freight money, freight; compare Old High German frēht earnings, Old English ǣht possession

overfraught, adjective
unfraught, adjective
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fraught (frɔːt)
 
adj (and foll by with) (and foll by with)
1.  filled or charged; attended: a venture fraught with peril
2.  informal showing or producing tension or anxiety: she looks rather fraught; a fraught situation
3.  archaic freighted
 
n
4.  an obsolete word for freight
 
[C14: from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vrachtfreight]

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Word Origin & History

fraught
c.1300, "laden" (of vessels), from M.E. fraughten "to load (a ship) with cargo," from fraght "cargo, lading of a ship," var. of freight, infl. by M.Du. vrachten "to load or furnish with cargo," from P.Gmc. *fra-aihtiz (see freight). Figurative sense is first attested 1576.
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Example sentences
Their motives may or may not have been good, but their acts were heavily
  fraught with evil.
The political path to approving the advisory panel's report is nearly as
  complex as the proposals and fraught with uncertainty.
The process is fraught with arbitrariness, internecine politics, etcetera.
Our exchanges, in those days, seemed fraught with urgency and significance.
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