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frightened

[frahyt-nd]
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adjective
  1. thrown into a fright; afraid; scared; terrified: a frightened child cowering in the corner.
  2. afraid; fearful (usually followed by of): He has always been frightened of heights.

Origin of frightened

First recorded in 1715–25; frighten + -ed2
Related formsfright·ened·ly, adverbun·fright·ened, adjectivewell-fright·ened, adjective

Synonym study

2. See afraid.
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Historical Examples

  • The city rocket ships that crossed the sky on pillars of scarlet flame darted helplessly, frightenedly for shelter.

    Futuria Fantasia, Fall 1939

    Ray Bradbury