Definitions

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  • v. To frighten, startle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To frighten; to scare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as affray.

Etymologies

From Middle French effrayer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This putt ane effray in Monsieur Dosell his breathe, [670] and kendilled such a fyre in the Quein Regentis stomak, as was nott weall slockened till hir braith failled.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • Grace and his freindis at all the three jornayes, wes to thame a great conforte, and unto us a great discorage; for his name and authoritie did more effray and astonise us, then did the force of the other; yea, without his assistance, thei could not have compelled us to appoint with the Quene upoun so unequall conditionis.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • ` etre effray ` ee; et, ne vous devant revoir de ma vie, je n'a rien

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4

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