affright

verb
af·​fright | \ ə-ˈfrīt How to pronounce affright (audio) \
affrighted; affrighting; affrights

Definition of affright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

affright

noun

Definition of affright (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: sudden and great fear : terror

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of affright in a Sentence

Verb a ghastly sight that would affright any person

First Known Use of affright

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affright

Verb

Middle English afrighten, probably derivative of afright, afyrht (12th century) "frightened," going back to Old English āfyrht, past participle of āfyrhtan "to frighten," from ā-, perfective prefix + fyrhtan "to frighten" — more at abide, fright entry 2

Noun

derivative of affright entry 1

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The first known use of affright was before the 12th century

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“Affright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affright. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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