Affright



to frighten.
sudden fear or terror; fright.
a source of terror.
the act of terrifying.
Historical Examples

He anxiously inquired into the cause of my affright, and the motive of my unusual absence.
Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown

She would have screamed with affright, but he grasped her by the throat, and nearly strangled her.
City Crimes Greenhorn

Candace shrank away from the brink with a sensation of affright.
A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge

It was not given to her not to please, nor granted even to her best refinements to affright.
Embarrassments Henry James

J follow the same system in writing my first english letter to Miss burney; after such an enterprize nothing can affright me.
Highways and Byways in Surrey Eric Parker

The rider, fleeing in affright, has given no heed to direction.
The Death Shot Mayne Reid

He groaned aloud unconsciously and started with affright at the sound of his own voice.
Almayer’s Folly Joseph Conrad

With tears of affright in her eyes, the maiden sank back and fainted.
Aslauga’s Knight Fredrich de la Motte-Fouque

An infirm old woman, who was at that moment crossing, screamed in affright.
Zula H. Esselstyn Lindley

Primrose opened her eyes and then gave a little shriek of affright.
A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas

verb
(transitive) to frighten
noun
a sudden terror
v.

1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier past participle adjective affright “struck with sudden fear” (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Related: Affrighted; affrighting.

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  • Affront

    a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult: an affront to the king. an offense to one’s dignity or self-respect. to offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence: His speech affronted all of us. to make ashamed or confused; embarrass. Archaic. to front; face; look on. […]

  • Affronted

    a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult: an affront to the king. an offense to one’s dignity or self-respect. to offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence: His speech affronted all of us. to make ashamed or confused; embarrass. Archaic. to front; face; look on. […]



  • Affronting

    a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult: an affront to the king. an offense to one’s dignity or self-respect. to offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence: His speech affronted all of us. to make ashamed or confused; embarrass. Archaic. to front; face; look on. […]

  • Affrontive

    insulting; offensive. Historical Examples As to the Scotch, their barbarisms that are to be found even in print, are affrontive to the descendants of Englishmen. A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Benjamin Waterhouse



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