affright

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Etymology[edit]

From the Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan, from ā- + fyrhtan (to frighten), from fyrhto (fright).

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Noun[edit]

affright ‎(plural affrights)

  1. (archaic) Great fear, terror, fright.

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Verb[edit]

affright ‎(third-person singular simple present affrights, present participle affrighting, simple past and past participle affrighted)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To terrify, to frighten, to inspire fright in.
    • William Shakespeare
      Dreams affright our souls.
    • Milton
      A drear and dying sound / Affrights the flamens at their service quaint.

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