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fright    : [fr'ɑɪt]
Fright \Fright\ (fr[imac]t), n. [OE. frigt, freyht, AS. fyrhto,
fyrhtu; akin to OS. forhta, OHG. forhta, forahta, G. furcht,
Dan. frygt, Sw. fruktan, Goth. fa['u]rhtei fear, fa['u]rhts
timid.]
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1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of
danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short
duration; a sudden alarm.
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2. Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of
alarm or aversion. [Colloq.]

Syn: Alarm; terror; consternation. See {Alarm}.
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Fright \Fright\, v. t. [imp. {Frighted}; p. pr. & vb. n..
{Frighting}.] [OE. frigten to fear, frighten, AS. fyrhtan to
frighten, forhtian to fear; akin to OS. forhtian, OHG.
furihten, forahtan, G. f["u]rchten, Sw. frukta, Dan. frygte,
Goth. faurhtjan. See {Fright}, n., and cf. {Frighten}.]
To alarm suddenly; to shock by causing sudden fear; to
terrify; to scare.
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Nor exile or danger can fright a brave spirit.
--Dryden.

Syn: To affright; dismay; daunt; intimidate.
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fright
n 1: an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific
pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or
fight) [synonym: {fear}, {fearfulness}, {fright}] [ant:
{bravery}, {fearlessness}]
v 1: cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building
frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her" [synonym:
{frighten}, {fright}, {scare}, {affright}]




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