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Definition of "affright" []

  • To arouse fear in; terrify: "Many of nature's greatest oddities, that would affright dwellers up here, are accepted down there” ( David Mazel). (verb-transitive)
  • Great fear; terror. (noun)
  • A cause of terror. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "affright" in a sentence
  • "And the day of mine affright is the day you turn away:"
  • "When I heard these words, I said to him, ‘O lion, I take asylum with thee, that thou mayest kill the son of Adam and be steadfast in resolve to his slaughter; verily I fear him for myself with extreme fear and to my fright affright is added for that thou also dreadest the son of Adam, albeit thou art Sultan of savage beasts.’"
  • "Then sleep overcame him, but presently he awoke in affright and cried out, saying, Help, O Arabs!"