Origin of afraid
Examples from the Web for unafraid
But the Mexican marines who grabbed him back in February were unafraid and incorruptible.
As novels go, Made to Break registers as one unafraid of criticism.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?|J.T. Price|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has a tremendous sense of color and is unafraid of color, which is inspiring.
Women find him not only charming, but seductive, because, as one tells him, he is “unafraid to love women unironically.”The Legend of Brown Dog: A Great American Hero Gets His Due|David Masciotra|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Complicating matters, Dick and Lynn raised both their girls to be fierce, opinionated, and unafraid to speak their minds.
She took the offered brown hand smilingly, for here again she looked into the frank eyes of the West, unafraid and steady.Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West|William MacLeod Raine
He walked with the stride of a conqueror, free and unafraid, his face to the sea.
Her eyes were beautifully clear and unafraid, and yet again he sensed the thrill of the fight she was making.The Alaskan|James Oliver Curwood
I know a woman who goes alone and unafraid through every foot of woods in this part of the country.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
The light of a lantern striking on his face revealed it, unafraid, even laughing.
adjective (postpositive often foll by of)
Word Origin for afraid
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]