fraught


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Related to fraught: fraught with danger, fraught with peril

fraught

 (frôt)
adj.
1. Filled with a specified element or elements; charged: an incident fraught with danger; an evening fraught with high drama.
2. Marked by or causing distress; emotional: "an account of a fraught mother-daughter relationship" (Francesca Simon).
n. Scots
Freight; cargo.

[Middle English, past participle of fraughten, to load, from fraght, cargo; see freight, and from Middle Dutch vrachten, to load (from vracht, freight; see aik- in Indo-European roots).]

fraught

(frɔːt)
adj
1. (and foll by: with) filled or charged; attended: a venture fraught with peril.
2. informal showing or producing tension or anxiety: she looks rather fraught; a fraught situation.
3. archaic (and foll by: with) freighted
n
an obsolete word for freight
[C14: from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vracht freight]

fraught

(frɔt)

adj.
1. filled or attended (fol. by with).
2. Archaic. laden.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, freight charges]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fraught - marked by distress; "a fraught mother-daughter relationship"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
2.fraught - filled with or attended with; "words fraught with meaning"; "an incident fraught with danger"; "a silence pregnant with suspense"
full - containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; "a full glass"; "a sky full of stars"; "a full life"; "the auditorium was full to overflowing"

fraught

adjective
1. (Informal) tense, trying, difficult, distressing, tricky, emotionally charged It has been a somewhat fraught day.
2. agitated, wired (slang), anxious, distressed, tense, distracted, emotive, uptight (informal), emotionally charged, strung-up, on tenterhooks, hag-ridden She's depressed, fraught, and exhausted.
fraught with filled with, full of, charged with, accompanied by, attended by, stuffed with, laden with, heavy with, bristling with, replete with, abounding with The production has been fraught with problems.
Translations

fraught

[frɔːt] ADJ
1. (= tense) → tenso
things got a bit fraughtla situación se puso difícil
2. to be fraught with [+ tension] → estar cargado de; [+ problems] → estar lleno de
to be fraught with dangerser peligrosísimo

fraught

[ˈfrɔːt] adj
(= stressful) [situation, day] → stressant(e)
(= full) fraught with [+ difficulties, problems] → chargé(e) de; [+ danger] → plein(e) de

fraught

adj
fraught with difficultyvoller Schwierigkeiten; fraught with dangergefahrvoll, voller Gefahren; fraught with tensionspannungsgeladen, voller Spannung; fraught with meaningbedeutungsschwer
(= anxious) meeting, relationship, situation, atmospheregespannt; personangespannt; timenervenaufreibend

fraught

[frɔːt] adj (tense) → teso/a
the situation is rather fraught → la situazione è un po' tesa
fraught with → pieno/a or carico/a di
fraught with danger → pieno/a di pericoli
References in classic literature ?
Yielding to his powerful interest in the subject, and impatient of a delay that seemed fraught with so much additional danger, Heyward drew still nigher to the dusky group, with an intention of making his offers of compensation more definite, when the white man, motioning with his hand, as if he conceded the disputed point, turned away, saying in a sort of soliloquy, and in the English tongue:
Some of the people of the chateau, and some of those of the posting-house, and all the taxing authorities, were armed more or less, and were crowded on the other side of the little street in a purposeless way, that was highly fraught with nothing.
That which promised happiness when we were one in heart, is fraught with misery now that we are two.
The remembrance of that life is fraught with so much pain to me, with so much mental suffering and want of hope, that I have never had the courage even to examine how long I was doomed to lead it.
Meanwhile, councils went on in the kitchen at home, fraught with almost insupportable aggravation to my exasperated spirit.
Each at the Head Level'd his deadly aime; thir fatall hands No second stroke intend, and such a frown Each cast at th' other, as when two black Clouds With Heav'ns Artillery fraught, come rattling on Over the CASPIAN, then stand front to front Hov'ring a space, till Winds the signal blow To joyn thir dark Encounter in mid air: So frownd the mighty Combatants, that Hell Grew darker at thir frown, so matcht they stood; For never but once more was either like To meet so great a foe: and now great deeds Had been achiev'd, whereof all Hell had rung, Had not the Snakie Sorceress that sat Fast by Hell Gate, and kept the fatal Key, Ris'n, and with hideous outcry rush'd between.
To this sturdy Saxon, therefore, the day's journey was fraught with all manner of displeasure and discomfort; so that he more than once internally cursed the tournament, and him who had proclaimed it, together with his own folly in ever thinking of going thither.
Thus differently from the adversaries of the proposed Constitution should I reason on the same subject, deducing arguments of safety from the very sources which they represent as fraught with danger and perdition.
It was a long climb up the face of the building, and one fraught with much danger, but there was no other way, and so I essayed the task.
The very fact that his companion had refused to accompany him and elected instead to hunt alone in another direction would not, under ordinary circumstances, have seemed fraught with sinister suggestion; but Jenssen knew Malbihn well, and so, having secured meat, he turned immediately back toward camp, while his boys brought in his kill.
I did not, however, mean to die, and an incident occurred that warned me unmistakably of the folly of letting the days pass so,--for each fresh day was fraught with increasing danger from the Beast People.
Following on the Odes, we have much written in the same style, more often than not by women, or songs possibly written to be sung by them, always in a minor key, fraught with sadness, yet full of quiet resignation and pathos.