Af*fright" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affrighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Affrighting.] [Orig. p. p.; OE. afright, AS. afyrhtan to terrify; a- (cf. Goth. us-, Ger. er-, orig. meaning out) + fyrhto fright. See Fright.]

To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm.

Dreams affright our souls. Shak.

A drear and dying sound Affrights the flamens at their service quaint. Milton.

Syn. -- To terrify; frighten; alarm; dismay; appall; scare; startle; daunt; intimidate.

 

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Af*fright", p. a.

Affrighted.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

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Af*fright", n.

1.

Sudden and great fear; terror. It expresses a stronger impression than fear, or apprehension, perhaps less than terror.

He looks behind him with affright, and forward with despair. Goldsmith.

2.

The act of frightening; also, a cause of terror; an object of dread.

B. Jonson.

 

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