sudden fear or terror; fright.
a source of terror.
the act of terrifying.
Origin of affright
before 1000; Middle English afrighten, Old English āfyrhtan,Related formsself-af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed·ly, adverb
equivalent to ā- a-3
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Examples from the Web for affright
Historical Examples of affright
In a swerve he almost stopped, every muscle of his big body trembling in affright.
Polly lingered near, affright in her heart, Oh, if her father were only there!
Her eyes roved to Garnache's, and fell away in affright before their glitter.
Blood and wounds, Master Joseph, think you to affright me with words?
He groaned aloud unconsciously and started with affright at the sound of his own voice.
British Dictionary definitions for affright
Word Origin for affright
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 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.
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