afear

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From Middle English aferen (to frighten, terrify), from Old English āfǣran (to terrify, dismay), from ā- (perfective prefix) + fǣran (to frighten; to devour, raven).

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afear (third-person singular simple present afears, present participle afearing, simple past and past participle afeared)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) to imbue with fear; to affright; to terrify.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III, Scene ii[1]:
      Be not afeared, the isle is full of noises,
      Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
      Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
      Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
      That if I then had wak'd after long sleep,
      Will make me sleep again, and then in dreaming
      The clouds methought would open and show riches
      Ready to drop upon me, that when I wak'd
      I cried to dream again.

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From feo (ugly).

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afear (first-person singular present afeo, first-person singular preterite afeé, past participle afeado)

  1. to make ugly; to uglify
    Antonym: embellecer

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