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fright

[frahyt] /fraɪt/
noun
1.
sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror.
2.
a person or thing of shocking, grotesque, or ridiculous appearance.
verb (used with object)
3.
to frighten.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English frytu, fyrhto; akin to German Furcht
Related forms
self-frighted, adjective
unfrighted, adjective
Synonyms
1. dismay, consternation, alarm. See terror.
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  • The horror movie soon continued its search for new and effective frights.
British Dictionary definitions for frights

fright

/fraɪt/
noun
1.
sudden intense fear or alarm
2.
a sudden alarming shock
3.
(informal) a horrifying, grotesque, or ludicrous person or thing she looks a fright in that hat
4.
take fright, to become frightened
verb
5.
a poetic word for frighten
Word Origin
Old English fryhto; related to Gothic faurhtei, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta
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Word Origin and History for frights

fright

n.

Old English (Northumbrian) fryhto, metathesis of fyrhtu "fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight," from Proto-Germanic *furkhtaz "afraid" (cf. Old Saxon forhta, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta, German Furcht, Gothic faurhtei "fear"). Not etymologically related to the word fear, which superseded it 13c. as the principal word except in cases of sudden terror. For spelling evolution, see fight.

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