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[uh-frahyt] /əˈfraɪt/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
to frighten.
sudden fear or terror; fright.
a source of terror.
the act of terrifying.
Origin of affright
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unaffrighted
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  • Lucian's unaffrighted eyes blazed down, though his reply was as if to himself.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • For an instant the dark-browed face scowled down into his unaffrighted eyes: it seemed as if Tim might kick him into the fire.

    His "Day In Court" Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Fierce, wild, but unaffrighted, his eye caught the glitter of the chain as the stranger held it out.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Or it needs the situation seen in Wales: her arms up and her unaffrighted eyes over the unappeasable growl.

  • He tamed her, and she became his constant companion, unaffrighted even in the tumult of battle.

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
  • unaffrighted by my black looks, the little one threw her arms around my neck, and pressed her lips to my cheek.

British Dictionary definitions for unaffrighted


(transitive) to frighten
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 unaffrighted



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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