from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To arouse fear in; terrify: "Many of nature's greatest oddities, that would affright dwellers up here, are accepted down there” ( David Mazel).
  • n. Great fear; terror.
  • n. A cause of terror.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. great fear, terror, fright
  • v. to terrify, to frighten, to inspire fright

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affrighted.
  • n. Sudden and great fear; terror. It expresses a stronger impression than fear, or apprehension, perhaps less than terror.
  • n. The act of frightening; also, a cause of terror; an object of dread.
  • transitive v. To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impress with sudden fear; frighten; terrify or alarm.
  • Synonyms To scare, alarm, dismay, appal, daunt, intimidate, startle, shock, overawe.
  • Past participle of affright.
  • n. Sudden or great fear; terror; fright.
  • n. The cause of terror; a frightful object.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause fear in
  • n. an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety


Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + fyrhtan, to frighten (from fyrhto, fright).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan, from ā- + fyrhtan (to frighten), from fyrhto (fright). (Wiktionary)



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