Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to fear; frighten; terrify; make afraid.

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  • verb to imbue with fear; to affright; to terrify.

Etymologies

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From Middle English aferen ("to frighten, terrify"), from Old English āfǣran ("to terrify, dismay"), from ā- (perfective prefix) + fǣran ("to frighten; to devour, raven").

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