What does affright mean?

affright meaning in General Dictionary

Sudden and great anxiety terror It expresses a stronger effect than worry or apprehension perhaps less than horror

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  • Affrighted
  • 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.
  • Affrighted.
  • 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.

affright meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


affright meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To wow with abrupt concern; to frighten; to alarm.

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  • (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.