- to frighten.
- sudden fear or terror; fright.
- a source of terror.
- the act of terrifying.
Origin of affright
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Examples from the Web for affright
In a swerve he almost stopped, every muscle of his big body trembling in affright.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Polly lingered near, affright in her heart, Oh, if her father were only there!Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
Her eyes roved to Garnache's, and fell away in affright before their glitter.St. Martin's Summer
Blood and wounds, Master Joseph, think you to affright me with words?The Tavern Knight
He groaned aloud unconsciously and started with affright at the sound of his own voice.Almayer's Folly
- (tr) to frighten
- a sudden terror
Old English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to fright
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Word Origin and History for affright
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