From Middle High German vorht, vorhte, from Old High German forhta, forahta, from Proto-Germanic *furhtį̄ (“fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *perg- (“to frighten; fear”). Cognate to Low German Furcht. More at fright.
Furcht f (genitive Furcht, plural Fürchte)
- The plural Fürchte is rare and may be regarded as incorrect by many speakers. Befürchtungen tends to be used instead.
- See Angst for notes on the distinction between Furcht and this (widely synonymous) word.
- Furcht in Duden online