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- (archaic) frightened, affected by fright
1868, Robert Black, A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times:
- First imprisoned, then shorn and shut up in a monastery, afterwards a fugitive and secretly urged on to attempt a rising against his father, he was so affrightened at his perils, that he got a faithful servant to strike him dead, that he might not fall into the hands of his hostile step-mother.
1883, George W. Williams, History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1:
- While in this timorous, jealous disposition, the cry of a plot all on a sudden struck their ears: they were wakened from their slumber, and like men affrightened and in the dark, took every figure for a spectre.
1907, Erasmus W. Jones, The Young Captives:
- He suddenly sprang to his feet, lifted his hands on high, and exclaimed, in affrightened tone: "O ye gods, what do I behold!