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Origin and Etymology of fraught
Definition of fraught
- a situation fraught with danger
- The paper was poorly researched and is fraught with errors.
- a fraught relationship
Examples of fraught in a Sentence
every room in my childhood home is fraught with memories
had a fraught meeting with his estranged wife to discuss a divorce settlement
Recent Examples of fraught from the Web
Each stage of getting a nuclear weapon ready for use, from taking the warhead out of the bunker, to mating it to the missile, to targeting and launching, is fraught with the potential for miscommunication.
That future is fraught with pitfalls such as a comparatively small TV deal, the risk of overexpansion and continued red ink.
In the end, riots did not break out, and Mr. de Blasio’s stewardship through a racially fraught situation solidified his standing among his most important constituency, African-American voters, according to his political advisers.
The flag drapes the caskets of the fallen and is folded in a solemn ceremony at military funerals, with practically every movement fraught with religious and patriotic meaning.
Negotiations are deadlocked, leaving officials to navigate a process fraught with political uncertainty.
If that 9-4, 2015 season gave a young team their first taste of success, the 8-5 campaign in 2016 taught them that the path to success is fraught with pitfalls.
Firm adherence to the First Amendment enables public officials to impose reasonable time, place and manner conditions on speech—and to act to pre-empt the violence that may attend free expression in fraught situations.
Rounding up herds on horseback, cowboys traversed unforgiving trails fraught with harsh environmental conditions and attacks from Native Americans defending their lands.
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Did You Know?
The drowmound was so hevy fraught / That unethe myght it saylen aught. That verse, from the 14th-century poem "Richard Coer de Lion," says that a large ship (a dromond) was so heavily loaded that it could barely sail. That's the first instance we have on record of the adjective "fraught." The word came to Middle English from the Middle Dutch or Middle Low German noun vracht, which meant "load" and which is also the source of the word freight. Middle English also possessed a noun "fraught" that meant "load" and a verb "fraughten" that meant "to load" (meanings still retained in Scottish English by "fraught," the verb and noun). For centuries, "fraught" continued to be used only of loaded ships, but its use was eventually broadened.
Synonymsabounding, abundant, awash, flush, rife, lousy, replete, swarming, teeming, thick, thronging
Antonymscalming, comfortable, easy, peaceful, quiet, quieting, tranquil
Related Wordsbrimming, bulging, bursting, chock-full (or chockful), crammed, crowded, fat, filled, full, jammed, jam-packed, loaded, packed, saturated, stuffed; clogged, congested, overcrowded, overfilled, overflowing, overfull, overladen, overloaded, overstuffed, surfeited; alive, animated, astir, bustling, busy, buzzing, humming, lively
Near Antonymsbare, barren, blank, devoid, empty, stark, vacant, void; depleted, drained, exhausted; deficient, incomplete, insufficient, short
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