verb (used with object)
Origin of affright
Examples from the Web for affright
She raised her head, and Tom started back in affright as he recognised the face of Aunt Leth.Miser Farebrother (vol 3 of 3)|Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
The sentinel discovers with alarm the sudden approach of the enemy; the unarmed villagers view it with affright.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
And then was seen a sight to set red war atremble with affright, and blanch the lurid sun to sickly pallor.Descriptive Analyses of Piano Works|Edward Baxter Perry
She drew near with affright, and gazed wildly from one to the other.
They affright people with the very mention of death, and many cross themselves, as it were the name of the devil.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
British Dictionary definitions for affright
Word Origin for affright
Word Origin and History for affright
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.