from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of frightening.
  • noun The state of being frightened; fright.

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

  • noun Archaic Affright; the state of being frightened; sudden fear or alarm.

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

  • noun obsolete The action of frightening or terrifying; intimidation.
  • noun obsolete A cause of fear.
  • noun archaic fright; fear; alarm; the fact or state of being frightened.


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  • I was once more offering the key to the lock, when, starting from his knees, with a voice of affrightment, loudly whispering, and as if out of breath, they are at the door, my beloved creature! and taking the key from me, he fluttered with it, as if he would double lock it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • So, committing myself to the mercies of the Almighty, who has led me through so many strange scenes of terror and affrightment, to this happy, yet awful moment, I will wish you, my dear parents, a good night; and though you will not see this in time, yet I know I have your hourly prayers, and therefore cannot fail of them now.


  • At him, when I could glance at him, with disgust little short of affrightment.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The prince of this world came upon him, every thing in earth or hell that hath either allurement or affrightment in it was proposed to him, to divert him from the work of mediation which for us he had undertaken.

    Of Temptation

  • It is something that befalls them peculiarly in reference to seduction unto sin, on one account or other, by the way of allurement or affrightment.

    Of Temptation

  • This struck me with such an affrightment, that the very next day, without taking my leave of them, I slunk away with my Indian companion.

    Indians of North Carolina: Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, Transmitting, in Response to a Senate Resolution of June 30, 1914, a Report on the Condition and Tribal Rights of the Indians of Robeson and Adjoining Counties of North Carolina

  • This must be carefully prevented: for though by this foolish way, they may keep them from little faults, yet the remedy is much worse than the disease; and there are stamped upon their imaginations ideas that follow them with terror and affrightment.

    Some Thoughts Concerning Education. Sections 131-140

  • Passionate words or blows from the tutor fill the child’s mind with terror and affrightment, which immediately takes it wholly up, and leaves no room for other impressions.

    Some Thoughts Concerning Education. Sections 161-170

  • And further the said children being grievously afflicted would severally complain in their extremity, and also in the intervals, that Amy Duny (together with one other woman whose person and clothes they described) did thus afflict them, their apparitions appearing before them, to their great terror and affrightment: and sometimes they would cry out, saying, There stands Amy Duny, and there Rose Cullender, the other person troubling them.

    State Trials, Political and Social Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Besides, the proper effect of this fear is not duty, but despair; not obedience, but affrightment; not an adherence to God, but a flight and a departure from him.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VI.


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