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affright (plural affrights)
- (archaic) Great fear, terror, fright.
- 1854, The Mysteries of a Convent, page 107:
- No one for a moment dreamed of the possible occurrence of any thing in the course of a few hours which would fill every mind with horror, and cause even the dark-hearted Martina to tremble with affright.
- 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 563:
- […] Then behold, there came up to us a huge fish, as big as a tall mountain, at whose sight we became wild for affright and, weeping sore, made ready for death, marvelling at its vast size and gruesome semblance; when lo! a second fish made its appearance than which we had seen naught more monstrous.
- See also Thesaurus:fear
- (archaic, transitive) To terrify, to frighten, to inspire fright in.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
- Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls
- 1629, John Milton, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
- A drear and dying sound / Affrights the flamens at their service quaint.
- See also Thesaurus:frighten
- afraid; terrified; frightened
- 1641, The Whole Booke of Psalmes:
- So that thou shalt not need I say, to feare or be affright, of all the shafts that Hie by day, nor terrours of the night.
- 1856, Mrs. S. C. Hall, Popular tales and sketches, page 29:
- “Do not be afright,” he continued, after a pause; “do not be afright, my dear young ladies, I am quite harmless—a harmless old man—I would not shed a pigeon's blood.