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. variant of before a vowel: Afrasian. . . . Africa African
abbreviation (in Britain) Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go. feeling regret, unhappiness, or the like: I’m afraid we can’t go on Monday. feeling reluctance, unwillingness, distaste, or the like: He seemed afraid to show his own children a little kindness. Contemporary Examples But drawing attention to this anomaly is not something we should be afraid of, […]
- Afraid of one’s own shadow
Very timid and fearful, as in Richard constantly worries about security; he’s afraid of his own shadow. This hyperbole has been used in English since the early 1500s, and some writers believe it originated in ancient Greece.