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
- transitive v. To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm.
- 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.
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
And the day of mine affright is the day you turn away:
When I heard these words, I said to him, ‘O lion, I take asylum with thee, that thou mayest kill the son of Adam and be steadfast in resolve to his slaughter; verily I fear him for myself with extreme fear and to my fright affright is added for that thou also dreadest the son of Adam, albeit thou art Sultan of savage beasts.’
Then sleep overcame him, but presently he awoke in affright and cried out, saying, Help, O Arabs!
Now meanwhile, Zurayk dreamt that he saw a bird fly away with the purse and awaking in affright, said to his wife, “Rise; look for the purse.”
The Misbelievers at this cry awoke in affright and snatching up their arms, fell one upon other till the morning, when most part of them were dead bodies and but few remained.
He shook her, and she awoke in affright and asked, “What dost thou want?”
So she dismounted and gave him a cuff,6 whereupon he awoke in affright and said to her, “O m lady, praised be Allah for thy safe coming!”
Suddenly the horse swerved to one side, in affright as the electric fluid darted in a quivering, yellow line from the black clouds, lighting up the landscape, and showing the anxious rider that he was near the turnpike road which led to the main street.
And the day of mine affright is the day you turn away.
The noise suddenly awoke Helen, and her scattered faculties not immediately recollecting themselves, she felt an instant impression that all had indeed been but a dream; and starting in affright, she exclaimed, – Where am I?