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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fear, fearfulness, frightverb

    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

  2. frighten, fright, scare, affrightverb

    cause fear in

    "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"


  1. frightnoun

    A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm.

  2. frightnoun

    Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion.

  3. frightverb

    to frighten

  4. Etymology: From fright, furht, from fryhtu, fyrhto, from furhtīn, from perg-. Cognate with fricht, fruchte,. Also related to frucht, Furcht, frygt, fruktan. frikë and frǐca are also cognates, although probably influenced by an early Germanic variant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Frightnoun

    A sudden terrour.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    You, if your goodness does not plead my cause,
    May think I broke all hospitable laws,
    To bear you from your palace-yard by might,
    And put your noble person in a fright. Dryden.

  2. To FRIGHTverb

    To terrify; to disturb with fear; to shock with fear; to daunt.

    Etymology: frightan, Saxon.

    The herds
    Were strongly clam’rous in the frighted fields. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    Nor exile or danger can fright a brave spirit,
    With innocence guarded,
    With virtue rewarded,
    I make of my sufferings a merit. John Dryden, Albion.

    The mind frights itself with any thing reflected on in gross, and at a distance: things thus offered to the mind, carry the shew of nothing but difficulty. John Locke.

    Whence glaring oft with many a broaden’d orb,
    He frights the nations. James Thomson, Autumn.


  1. fright

    Fright is a sudden and intense feeling of fear or alarm that typically arises from the perception of danger or unexpected situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frightnoun

    a state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm

  2. Frightnoun

    anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion

  3. Frightnoun

    to alarm suddenly; to shock by causing sudden fear; to terrify; to scare


  1. Fright

    Fright, real name Dr. Linda Friitawa, is a fictional character in the DC universe. She first appeared in Batman #627

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fright

    frīt, n. sudden fear: terror: anything inspiring terror or alarm, a figure of grotesque or ridiculous appearance.—vs.t. Fright, Fright′en, to make afraid: to alarm.—adjs. Fright′able, Fright′enable, timid; Fright′ful, terrible: shocking.—adv. Fright′fully.—n. Fright′fulness.—adj. Fright′some, frightful: feeling fright. [A.S. fyrhto; cf. Ger. furcht, fear.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fright in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fright in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fright in a Sentence

  1. Paul Njoroge:

    I think about their last six minutes a lot. My wife and mum-in-law knew they were going to die. They had to somehow comfort the children during those final moments, i have nightmares about how they must have clung to their mother, crying, seeing the fright in her eyes.

  2. Andrea Pergola:

    Before they could get the IV in he began to shake as someone who was cold would do, partially from fright and partially from the venom moving through his body. logan did not pick it up; it was on a branch and he brushed his arm against it.

  3. Judge Kevin Ryan:

    A large portion of the local population were terrorized. Many were forced to flee their homes. Some did not not have places to go, and had to rent hotel rooms or leave the area. Many residents did not sleep for many nights, afraid that these two extremely violent individuals might be outside their homes, law enforcement officers came here not just from across New York state, but from all over the country. They traversed very inhospitable territory, never knowing if the next step they took in deeply wooded areas might be their last. And think of their families at home, sick with concern and fright for their loved ones. At any time, you could have stopped the escape from happening.

  4. Cathrine Ertmann:

    But in all of this I also saw a peace and beauty, sometimes the scare is in the brief look at something. Like when you watch a horror movie, you only see a glimpse of the ghost, murderer or monster and your imagination works all the fright up for you. I think I felt I need to see everything to make it 'normal' and undramatic. And I think it works the same way with our relation to death in general.

  5. Marilyn Ferguson:

    The most disturbing and wasteful emotions in modern life, next to fright, are those which are associated with the idea of blame, directed against the self or against others.

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