affright (third-person singular simple present affrights, present participle affrighting, simple past and past participle affrighted)
2.sudden fear or terror; fright.
3.a source of terror.
4.the act of terrifying.
1. (transitive) to frighten noun
2. a sudden terror Word OriginOld English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to frightCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier past participle adjective affright "struck with sudden fear" (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Related, Affrighted; affrighting.
The author bespeaks the favour of those to whom he addresses himself in the following significant terms: - " Neither shall I affright you with hedging, ditching, marling, chalking, paring and burning, draining, watering and such like, which are all very good improvements indeed, and very agreeable with the soil and situation of East Lothian, but I know ye cannot bear as yet a crowd of improvements, this being only intended to initiate you in the true method and principles of husbandry."
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