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Related to affright: dreading
tr.v. af·fright·ed, af·fright·ing, af·frights
To arouse fear in; terrify: "Many of nature's greatest oddities, that would affright dwellers up here, are accepted down there" (David Mazel).
1. Great fear; terror.
2. A cause of terror.
[Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + fyrhtan, to frighten (from fyrhto, fright).]
(tr) to frighten
a sudden terror
[Old English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to fright]
1. to frighten.n.
2. sudden fear or terror; fright.
Past participle: affrighted
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|Noun||1.||affright - an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety|
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
swivet - a panic or extreme discomposure; "it threw her into a swivet"
|Verb||1.||affright - cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"|
bluff - frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
stimulate, stir, shake up, excite, shake - stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
awe - inspire awe in; "The famous professor awed the undergraduates"
intimidate - make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her"
alarm, horrify, appal, appall, dismay - fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised; "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified us"
consternate - fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion; "After the terrorist attack, people look consternated"
spook - frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action; "The noise spooked the horse"