from The Century Dictionary.

  • To terrify; frighten.

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

  • transitive verb Archaic To frighten.

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

  • verb archaic To frighten.


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  • Pain, poverty, and all the other wild beasts of life which so affrighten others, I am so bold as to think I could look in the face without shrinking, without losing respect for myself, faith in man's high destinies, or trust in God.

    Self help; with illustrations of conduct and perseverance

  • In the morning we began to ascend this stream, and during our progress, we were obliged to keep men in advance, to affrighten the buffaloes and wild horses [26] from our path.

    Pattie's Personal Narrative, 1824--1830

  • So that the hopes and fears of men are now perfectly awakened, and all sorts of considerations that may serve to quicken and encourage our obedience, and to deter and affrighten men from a wicked life, are exposed to the view of all men, and do stare every man's conscience in the face.

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 06.

  • Yea, so settled and rooted was I in these things, that they became as a second nature to me; the which, as I have also with soberness considered since, did so offend the Lord, that even in my childhood he did scare and affrighten me with fearful dreams, and did terrify me with fearful visions.

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

  • a bell on board so as to affrighten the horses and thereby endanger the lives of the passengers.

    A Portrait of Old George Town


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