But drawing attention to this anomaly is not something we should be afraid of, it is something we should be exposing vigorously.
I'm going to start wearing the chador [a head-to-toe cloth covering] because I'm afraid of the morality police.
Clearly some, not all, on the right are angry, afraid or simply freaked out by gay people.
I began to be afraid; everything outside seemed so—so black and uncomfortable.
Encourage every rape victim and those they love to hold their heads up high and not be afraid of acknowledging what happened.
She was a Pole, she had been trained in a hard school, she was not afraid.
When a man has made up his mind to die he is not afraid of anything.
Guide my arm and my heart and don't let me be afraid to die or to make her die.
"No, I am afraid not," said Nancy as they stood in the doorway.
For the first time in her life she was afraid and thoroughly unnerved.
early 14c., originally past participle of afray "frighten," from Anglo-French afrayer, from Old French esfreer (see affray (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired independent standing and thrived while affray faded, chasing out the once more common afeared. Sense in I'm afraid "I regret to say, I suspect" (without implication of fear) is first recorded 1590s.
Her blue affrayed eyes wide open shone [Keats, "The Eve of St. Agnes," 1820]