• IPA: /əˈfɹaɪt/

affright (plural affrights)

  1. (archaic) Great fear, terror, fright.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 563:
      […] Then behold, there came up to us a huge fish, as big as a tall mountain, at whose sight we became wild for affright and, weeping sore, made ready for death, marvelling at its vast size and gruesome semblance; when lo! a second fish made its appearance than which we had seen naught more monstrous.
Synonyms Verb

affright (affrights, present participle affrighting; past and past participle affrighted)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To terrify, to frighten, to inspire fright in.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls
    • 1629, John Milton, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
      A drear and dying sound / Affrights the flamens at their service quaint.
Synonyms Adjective


  1. afraid; terrified; frightened

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