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  • noun Plural form of affright.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of affright.


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  • He could like the gray hairs of popery, did not some dotages there stagger him: he would come to us sooner, but our new name affrights him.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • How now? why flart'ft thou? what, doth death affright f Suf, Thy name affrights me, in whofe found is death,

    The Works of Shakespeare: Collated with the Oldest Copies, and Corrected

  • There is that in yon distant sound of approaching battle that pleases me even while it affrights me.

    The Abbot

  • Said he to them, “By Allah, my life long have I waded in the clashing sea of fight and I have met many a gallant sprite, but none so unfrightened of the sword that smites and the shock of men that affrights like these valiant Knights!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Their valour is no better than that of a barking cur, who affrights all that go on without looking at him, but who, the moment he is turned upon with a stamp and a fierce look, retreats himself, amazed, afraid, and ashamed. '


  • Fears, terrors, and affrights in all places, at all times and seasons.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Centuplicatque flammas, &c. This meditation terrifies these poor distressed souls, especially if their bodies be predisposed by melancholy, they religiously given, and have tender consciences, every small object affrights them, the very inconsiderate reading of Scripture itself, and misinterpretation of some places of it; as, Many are called, few are chosen.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • That affrights me more, when I see a beast in likeness of a man.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • This horrible kind of melancholy (for so he terms it) had been often brought before him, and troubles and affrights commonly men and women, young and old of all sorts.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Many men are so amazed and astonished with fear, they know not where they are, what they say, [1662] what they do, and that which is worst, it tortures them many days before with continual affrights and suspicion.

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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