fright definition

  • noun:
    • Sudden intense anxiety, as of anything instantly threatening; alarm. See Synonyms at worry.
    • casual One thing extremely unsightly, alarming, or strange: Brush your hair; you look a fright.
    • circumstances of terror excited by the abrupt appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, typically of brief timeframe; an abrupt security.
    • Everything strange, unsightly or shocking, making a feeling of security or aversion.
    • A state of terror excited because of the unexpected appearance of danger; abrupt and violent worry, typically of brief length; a sudden security.
    • any such thing strange, unsightly or surprising, making a feeling of alarm or aversion.
    • Sudden and severe anxiety; terror caused by the sudden appearance or prospect of danger.
    • any such thing which by its abrupt incident or look may significantly startle and alarm; therefore, by hyperbole, an individual of a shocking, grotesque, or absurd appearance in a choice of individual or gown: as, she's an ideal fright.
    • Synonyms Terror, Dismay, etc. See alarm.
    • an emotion experienced in expectation of some particular discomfort or danger (usually associated with a desire to flee or battle)
  • verb-transitive:
    • Archaic To frighten.
    • To alarm suddenly; to surprise by causing abrupt concern; to terrify; to frighten.
  • verb:
    • to frighten
    • cause fear in
  • others:
    • To frighten; affright; terrify; scare.

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