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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afraid(p)adjective

    filled with fear or apprehension

    "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"

  2. afraidadjective

    filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

    "I'm afraid I won't be able to come"; "he was afraid he would have to let her go"; "I'm afraid you're wrong"

  3. afraidadjective

    feeling worry or concern or insecurity

    "She was afraid that I might be embarrassed"; "terribly afraid of offending someone"; "I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict"

  4. afraidadjective

    having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

    "afraid of hard work"; "afraid to show emotion"


  1. afraidadjective

    Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.

  2. afraidadjective

    regretful, sorry

    I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afraidparticipial adj.

    Etymology: from the verb affray:

    So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Psalm lxxxiii. 15.

    There, loathing life, and yet of death afraid,
    In anguish of her spirit, thus she pray’d. John Dryden, Fables.

    If, while this wearied flesh draws fleeting breath,
    Not satisfy’d with life, afraid of death,
    It hap’ly be thy will, that I should know
    Glimpse of delight, or pause from anxious woe;
    From now, from instant now, great Sire, dispel
    The clouds that press my soul. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afraid

    impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive


  1. Afraid

    "Afraid" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on their 1997 album Generation Swine. A two-track pig promo picture CD includes the 3:56 Swine Mix and 4:10 Rave Mix. Written by bassist Nikki Sixx, the lyrics were inspired by the early stages of his relationship with Donna D'Errico, when he felt she was running away from him from fear of getting too close. The song charted at number 10 on the Mainstream rock charts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afraid

    a-frād′, adj. struck with fear: timid. [See Affray.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. afraid

    One of the most reproachful sea-epithets, as not only conveying the meaning being struck with fear, but also implies rank cowardice. (See AFEARD.)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Afraid' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1848

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Afraid' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1236

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Afraid' in Adjectives Frequency: #221

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Afraid in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Afraid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Afraid in a Sentence

  1. Barry Lowenthal:

    Super PACs are not afraid to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in just a few local stations, so it would n’t surprise me if the national election is going to have a real impact on the upfronts.

  2. Ryan Holiday:

    It was the moment when Martin Luther King Jr. went to jail that his followers saw he was more than just a preacher. He was with them. He risked his life for them. He was one of them. We can’t be afraid or we won’t be able to do what needs to be done. But also, by this fearlessness—willingness to represent the cause, in the flesh, against all dangers—we show everyone else that they’ll be okay as well. The leader risks themselves for us. They step to the front. They make their courage contagious.

  3. Rita Berkowitz:

    Maybe I will deliver a message to the entire people of Israel, that all Jews from all across the world will come to Israel, all of them...We are not afraid of anyone. Jews will never disappear from the world.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    La base la plus importante de la créativité et de l'inventivité est, à mon avis, ne jamais avoir peur d'échouer. (The most important basis of Creativity and Inventiveness is, IMHO, never being afraid to fail.) - Deo

  5. Ali Saleh:

    Gas stations have closed, and there are fears that the coalition will impose a siege on Sanaa and the cities of the north. We're afraid, everybody's afraid of the possibility that fighting will break out in Sanaa, and we ask God to protect us.

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