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fraught

[frawt] /frɔt/
adjective
1.
Archaic. filled or laden (with):
ships fraught with precious wares.
noun
2.
Scot. a load; cargo; freight (of a ship).
Idioms
3.
fraught with, full of; accompanied by; involving:
a task fraught with danger.
Origin of fraught
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht freight money, freight; compare Old High German frēht earnings, Old English ǣht possession
Related forms
overfraught, adjective
unfraught, adjective
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  • There was infinite pathos in the tones as she repeated the words so fraught with dreadfulness.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His mind was fraught with independence, magnanimity, and every manly virtue.

  • Not only was such an act sacrilegious in its nature, but it was fraught with peril.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Yet their embrace was fraught with suffering and they released one another.

  • The ride had been nightmare-like, fraught every second with peril.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
British Dictionary definitions for fraught

fraught

/frɔːt/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) and foll by with. filled or charged; attended: a venture fraught with peril
2.
(informal) showing or producing tension or anxiety: she looks rather fraught, a fraught situation
3.
(archaic) (usually postpositive) and foll by with. freighted
noun
4.
an obsolete word for freight
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vrachtfreight
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Word Origin and History for fraught
v.

early 14c., "laden" (of vessels), past participle of Middle English fraughten "to load (a ship) with cargo," from fraght "cargo, lading of a ship" (early 13c.), variant of freight; influenced by Middle Dutch vrachten "to load or furnish with cargo," from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz (see freight (n.)). Figurative sense is first attested 1570s.

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