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From Middle High German vorht, vorhte, from Old High German forhta, forahta, from Proto-Germanic *furhtō (fear), from Proto-Indo-European *pr̥k- (to fear). The modern vowel -u- is due to influence by the related verb fürchten. Cognate with obsolete Dutch vrucht (still in godsvrucht), Middle Low German vruchte. Also closely related with English fright, though this is from a different stem (Proto-Germanic *furhtį̄).


  • IPA(key): /fʊrçt/, [fʊʁçt], [fʊɐ̯çt]
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Furcht f (genitive Furcht, plural Fürchte)

  1. fear; fright; anxiety

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  • 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.

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