affrightment

noun
af·​fright·​ment | \ ə-ˈfrīt-mənt \
plural -s

Definition of affrightment

archaic
: the act of affrighting : the state of being affrighted

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First Known Use of affrightment

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affrightment

affright entry 2 + -ment

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The first known use of affrightment was in 1593

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“Affrightment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affrightment. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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