effrayer

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French effreer, from Old French esfroier, esfreer, esfraer (whence also English affray), from a Vulgar Latin *exfridāre, itself of Germanic origin (with the prefix ex- added), from a Frankish *friþu (security, peace), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace), from *frijōną (to free; to love), from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy- (to like, love).

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effrayer

  1. to affray, to frighten, to scare

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb as far as pronunciation is concerned, but as with other verbs in -ayer (such as payer and essayer, the <y> of its stem may optionally be written as <i> when it precedes a silent <e> (compare verbs in -eyer, which never have this spelling change, and verbs in -oyer and -uyer, which always have it; verbs in -ayer belong to both groups, according to the writer's preference).

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