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frightened, scared, scared stiff, terrified, fearful, petrified, nervous, scared to deathView synonyms
- ‘And I am afeared about what sort of photos of me are going to pop up on other people's sites.’
- ‘Tonight I return to French class, and am all afeared at the thought I have started forgetting what I know.’
- ‘I would love to go, but I am afeared that a trip to Sydney is a wee bit out of my budget at this point.’
- ‘The point is he was big and mean and everyone was afeared of him.’
- ‘He has a tale to tell and I'm afeared that our lives depend on us listening.’
Old English, from āfǣran ‘frighten’, from ā- (expressing intensity) + fǣran (see fear); used commonly by Shakespeare, but rarely after 1700 in written form.
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