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Afe'ard. participial adj. [from to fear, for to fright, with a redundant.]

  1. Frighted; terrified; afraid.

    He loudly bray'd, that like was never heard,
    And from his wide devouring oven sent
    A flake of fire, that flashing in his beard,
    Him all amaz'd, and almost made afeard.
    Fairy Queen.

    But tell me, Hal, art thou not horridly afeard? Thou being heir apparent, could the world pick thee out three such enemies again, as Douglas, Percy, and Glendower. Shakesp. Henry IV.

    Till he cherish'd too much beard,
    And make Love, or me afeard.
    Ben. Johnson's Underwoods.

  2. It has the particle of before the object of fear.

    Fear is described by Spenser to ride in armour, at the clashing whereof he looks afeard of himself. Peacham.

    It is now obsolete; the last authour whom I have found using it, is Sedley.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Sedley, Charles (2) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Participial Adjective (26)

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