Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To arouse fear in; terrify.
  • noun Great fear; terror.
  • noun A cause of terror.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun great fear, terror, fright
  • verb to terrify, to frighten, to inspire fright

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

  • verb cause fear in
  • noun an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety

Etymologies

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

[Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + fyrhtan, to frighten (from fyrhto, fright).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan, from ā- + fyrhtan (to frighten), from fyrhto (fright).

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.