Definitions for: Fright


[n] an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
[v] cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"



Webster (1913) Definition: Fright, 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.]
1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of
danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short
duration; a sudden alarm.

2. Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of
alarm or aversion. [Colloq.]

Syn: Alarm; terror; consternation. See Alarm.


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.

Nor exile or danger can fright a brave spirit.
--Dryden.

Syn: To affright; dismay; daunt; intimidate.

Synonyms: affright, fear, fearfulness, frighten, scare

Antonyms: bravery, fearlessness

See Also: alarm, alarm, appal, appall, apprehension, apprehensiveness, awe, awe, bluff, chill, cold sweat, consternate, consternation, creeps, dash, daunt, dismay, dismay, dread, dread, emotion, excite, fear, frighten away, frighten off, frisson, horrify, horror, hysteria, intimidate, intimidation, pall, panic, panic attack, quiver, reverence, scare, scare away, scare off, shake, shake up, shiver, shudder, spook, stage fright, stimulate, stir, terrify, terror, terrorise, terrorize, thrill, timidity, timidness, timorousness, tingle, veneration

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