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fraught

[frawt] /frɔt/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht freight money, freight; compare Old High German frēht earnings, Old English ǣht possession
Related forms
overfraught, adjective
unfraught, adjective
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Examples for fraught
  • 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.
  • It's a simple sight, yet fraught with alarming possibility, and that goes for the rest of the movie.
  • Their fraught kinship is what makes their combat so gruelling.
  • Any attempt to find causation or fault for what happened last week is fraught.
  • Efforts to publish those findings have been fraught.
  • But for people with anorexia, meals are fraught with anxiety.
  • Chronic pain is more emotionally fraught than short-lived pain.
British Dictionary definitions for fraught

fraught

/frɔːt/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) and foll by with. 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) (usually postpositive) and foll by with. freighted
noun
4.
an obsolete word for freight
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vrachtfreight
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Word Origin and History for fraught
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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