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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).]

af·fright′ment n.


(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.
2. sudden fear or terror; fright.
[before 1000; Old English āfyrhtan=ā- a-3 + fyrhtan; see fright]


Past participle: affrighted
Gerund: affrighting

I affright
you affright
he/she/it affrights
we affright
you affright
they affright
I affrighted
you affrighted
he/she/it affrighted
we affrighted
you affrighted
they affrighted
Present Continuous
I am affrighting
you are affrighting
he/she/it is affrighting
we are affrighting
you are affrighting
they are affrighting
Present Perfect
I have affrighted
you have affrighted
he/she/it has affrighted
we have affrighted
you have affrighted
they have affrighted
Past Continuous
I was affrighting
you were affrighting
he/she/it was affrighting
we were affrighting
you were affrighting
they were affrighting
Past Perfect
I had affrighted
you had affrighted
he/she/it had affrighted
we had affrighted
you had affrighted
they had affrighted
I will affright
you will affright
he/she/it will affright
we will affright
you will affright
they will affright
Future Perfect
I will have affrighted
you will have affrighted
he/she/it will have affrighted
we will have affrighted
you will have affrighted
they will have affrighted
Future Continuous
I will be affrighting
you will be affrighting
he/she/it will be affrighting
we will be affrighting
you will be affrighting
they will be affrighting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been affrighting
you have been affrighting
he/she/it has been affrighting
we have been affrighting
you have been affrighting
they have been affrighting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been affrighting
you will have been affrighting
he/she/it will have been affrighting
we will have been affrighting
you will have been affrighting
they will have been affrighting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been affrighting
you had been affrighting
he/she/it had been affrighting
we had been affrighting
you had been affrighting
they had been affrighting
I would affright
you would affright
he/she/it would affright
we would affright
you would affright
they would affright
Past Conditional
I would have affrighted
you would have affrighted
he/she/it would have affrighted
we would have affrighted
you would have affrighted
they would have affrighted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.affright - an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxietyaffright - 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"
Verb1.affright - cause fear inaffright - 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"
terrify, terrorise, terrorize - fill with terror; frighten greatly
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"


To fill with fear:
Archaic: fright.
Idioms: make one's blood run cold, make one's hair stand on end, scare silly, scare the daylights out of.
Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger:
Slang: cold feet.
Idiom: fear and trembling.


(archaic) [əˈfraɪt] VT (poet) → asustar, espantar


vt (old, liter)erschrecken
References in classic literature ?
In the silence of the night, How we shiver with affright At the melancholy meaning of their tone
While his auditors shrank from one another, in mutual affright, Father Hooper fell back upon his pillow, a veiled corpse, with a faint smile lingering on the lips.
The boy, thrusting his cold hands into his pockets and lifting his eyebrows, looked at Denisov in affright, but in spite of an evident desire to say all he knew gave confused answers, merely assenting to everything Denisov asked him.
Or can any carnal appetite so overpower your reason, or so totally lay it asleep, as to prevent your flying with affright and terror from a crime which carries such punishment always with it?
The sight of a soldier in full array, with what appeared to be a long knife glittering on the end of a musket, struck Baptiste with such affright that he took to his heels, bawling for mercy at the top of his voice.
He said Trump could not affright the Pakistani nation with his threats, whereas he himself was fearful of North Korean president's wide and clear nuclear attack threat and had offered him to hold negotiations with the US on all the differences.
And whiles against a thorn thou bear'st thy part To keep thy sharp woes waking, wretched I, To imitate thee well, against my heart Will fix a sharp knife to affright mine eye, Who if it wink shall thereon fall and die.
I found myself suddenly arrested by the power of affright and terror," James says, as the pastoral scene dissolves into Gothic nightmare (Letters 177-79).
mouse, beetle, and silverfish,/The mutter of computer viruses," she protects not only books by "Novelists who titillate or affright,/Athletes boasting of everything they do," but also works by "Poets for fit audience though few.
88) 'Help, help all tongues to celebrate this wonder / The voice of Fame should be as loud as thunder' (Jonson, Masque of Queens, 654-5, in Lindley, Court Masques); 'Feed apace then, greedy eyes, / On the wonder you behold' (Daniel, Tethys' Festival, 355-60, in Lindley, Court Masques); 'he the wonder is of tongues, of ears, of eyes' (Jonson, Oberon 239, 246, in Spencer and Wells, Book of Masques); 'Who can more affright / The eye with magic wonders?
To take to flight in wild affright, with all their might, our horses strove to tear from their fastenings, to leave a country which seemed full of flying demons, but I am glad to say, we lost no horses.
As a trainee in Shaheen Air Scouts at PAF Base Dhaka, he did not hesitate to affright his supervisors by dauntlessly performing inverted flying for a very long duration until he heard the harsh commands from the Air Traffic Control Tower to pull back and fly straight.