Sudden and great anxiety terror It expresses a stronger effect than worry or apprehension perhaps less than horror
- To impress with sudden concern to frighten to alarm
- an overwhelming sense of anxiety and stress
- cause worry in
- To wow with abrupt worry; to frighten; to alarm.
- Sudden and great concern; horror. It expresses a stronger effect than anxiety, or apprehension, perhaps not as much as terror.
- The act of frightening; additionally, a factor in horror; an item of dread.
1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on type of earlier past participle adjective affright "struck with abrupt anxiety" (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Associated: Affrighted; affrighting.
(v. t.) To wow with abrupt concern; to frighten; to alarm.
- (p. a.) Affrighted.
- (n.) Sudden and great worry; horror. It expresses a stronger effect than concern, or apprehension, perhaps significantly less than horror.
- (n.) The work of frightening; also, a factor in terror; an object of fear.