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Afra'id. participial adj. [from the verb affray: it should therefore properly be written with ff.]

  1. Struck with fear; terrified; fearful.

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

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

    There, loathing life, and yet of death afraid,
    In anguish of her spirit, thus she pray'd.
    Dryden's 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.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Prior, Matthew (162) · The Bible - Psalms (29)

Attributes: Participial Adjective (26)

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