affright

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v affright cause fear in "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me","Ghosts could never affright her"
    • n affright an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. a Affright Affrighted.
    • Affright Sudden and great fear; terror. It expresses a stronger impression than fear, or apprehension, perhaps less than terror. "He looks behind him with affright , and forward with despair."
    • Affright The act of frightening; also, a cause of terror; an object of dread.
    • v. t Affright To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm. "Dreams affright our souls.""A drear and dying sound Affrights the flamens at their service quaint."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affright To impress with sudden fear; frighten; terrify or alarm.
    • affright Synonyms To scare, alarm, dismay, appal, daunt, intimidate, startle, shock, overawe.
    • affright Past participle of affright.
    • n affright Sudden or great fear; terror; fright.
    • n affright The cause of terror; a frightful object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Affright af-frīt′ to frighten—also Affright′en
    • n Affright sudden terror
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Quotations

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    “We fear not death. That gloomy night, that pale-faced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky, can witness that we fear not death.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Orig. p. p.; OE. afright, AS. āfyrhtan, to terrify; ā-,cf. Goth. us-, Ger. er-, orig. meaning out,) + fyrhto, fright. See Fright
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. afyrhtan. See Fright.

Usage

In literature:

Be not affrighted at any prodigy; but put thy confidence in me.
"Almoran and Hamet" by John Hawkesworth
Like some of your betters, Your freedom moves some with affright.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 101, September 26, 1891" by Various
Their terrors want dignity, their affrightments are without decorum.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
Do you start back in affright at the mere thought of becoming the poor, cast-off wreck of humanity that he is?
"Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness" by John Mather Austin
She touched the dead man's clothes, and shrank back affrighted.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
The spirited pony that the Prince was riding shied and reared in quick affright.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Such were the means to be used for forcing affrighted Peace again to visit this distracted earth.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Why, then, shouldst thou feel affright At the tyrant's weakling might?
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
Which when our Men saw brought to them, they were not a little affrighted.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox
At first I didn' know no better'n to argue with her, I was that affrighted.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
The Old Man has hurried, for he is out of breath; and the deadly pallor of his cheek is almost affrighting to see.
"Sketches In The House (1893)" by T. P. O'Connor
Men stood in affright, and looked in each others' faces wonderingly.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
Miss Thompkins and Miss Nickall were a charm to dissipate all the affrighting menace of the city beyond the station.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
They knew that the witch was there, because they had heard her moving about, and, when the door gave, a cry of affright.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Don't be affrighted, go on now; don't you remember it?
"Three Wonder Plays" by Lady I. A. Gregory
So the landlords became affrighted and amended their lives.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
The affrighted creature made a leap to escape the embrace, and Fred grasped his tail with both hands.
"The Cave in the Mountain" by Lieut. R. H. Jayne
Of course my affright was a silly matter of nerves.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
He shrank farther back in affright behind the curtains.
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie
The affrighted ostrich dare not dust her wings Anear this Presence.
"The Golden Treasury of American Songs and Lyrics" by Various
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In poetry:

There no monstrous fancies shall
Out of hell an horror call,
To create, or cause at all
Affrighting.
"The White Island:or Place Of The Blest" by Robert Herrick
When I awoke to reason
I shuddered with affright
Till I felt my mother's presence
With a thrill of wild delight--
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
But how mischance will intervene:
This spot of sweet delight,
One eventide, became a scene
Of anguish and affright.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
Dead bodies, that the kite
In deserts makes its prey;
Murders, that with affright
Scare school-boys from their play!
"The Witnesses" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hear how a Ghost in dead of Night,
With saucer Eyes of Fire,
In woeful wise did sore affright
A Wit and courtly 'Squire.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
To see a sea of brimstone burn,
Who would it not affright?
But they whom God to hell doth turn
Are in most woful plight.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan