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affright

[uh-frahyt] /əˈfraɪt/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
1.
to frighten.
noun
2.
sudden fear or terror; fright.
3.
a source of terror.
4.
the act of terrifying.
Origin of affright
1000
before 1000; Middle English afrighten, Old English āfyrhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + fyrhtan to fright
Related forms
self-affrighted, adjective
unaffrighted, adjective
unaffrightedly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for affrighted
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  • After having succeeded in stopping the affrighted animals, I took a careful survey of my desolate surroundings.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
  • He would have struck at Lois if she had not shrunk back, dismayed and affrighted.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • And he told the captive chiefs to drag the body of the giant into the wood and bury it, that Grania might not be affrighted.

    Celtic Tales Louey Chisholm
  • She stood among them, amazed, awe-stricken, but not like one affrighted or dismayed.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Amid the babel of the schools we stand bewildered and affrighted.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • No sound came from the lake save the wild calling of the affrighted birds.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • affrighted mothers stray about the vast house, and cling fast to the doors and print them with kisses.

  • At first he is affrighted, fearfully so; but recovers himself on learning the cause.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The affrighted females fled from the scene of danger; but, alas!

  • affrighted by what is already known to him, he dares not know more.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for affrighted

affright

/əˈfraɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to frighten
noun
2.
a sudden terror
Word Origin
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 affrighted

affright

v.

1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier past participle adjective affright "struck with sudden fear" (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Related: Affrighted; affrighting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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