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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
Back when the film was announced, in 2014, nobody knew that it would be released into the fraught climate of President Trump’s America—where a thriving black future seems more difficult to see.
But this approach is fraught with obvious peril, because several teams are employing the same strategy, and all but one of them are going to end up being rejected by James.
The fraught history between the two races can present myriad struggles mentally and emotionally for those grappling with being a blend of both.
But talks with the smaller ELN — a Marxist-Leninist group founded in 1964 — have been fraught with problems.
The citizenship question is a particularly fraught one because noncitizens, who may not vote, are counted for the purposes of distributing federal funding, apportioning congressional seats and drawing district maps for state and local elections.
Buying tickets on places like Craigslist is fraught with risk. Crowd capacity for the concert will be roughly 40,000.
That gap raises the possibility that in the future, our already fraught relations between the sexes may continue to deteriorate under the pressure of ideological hostility and mutual suspicion.
The bullpen is fraught with uncertainty, with Mark Melancon (forearm) and Will Smith (elbow) both coming off season-ending surgery.
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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.
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