Definition of fraught in English:



  • 1(of a situation or course of action) filled with (something undesirable)

    ‘marketing any new product is fraught with danger’
    • ‘Using a bypass as a main access road for housing and industry is fraught with potential road traffic problems and dangers.’
    • ‘Evaluations under these circumstances are rare and fraught with methodological difficulties.’
    • ‘The road ahead is still fraught with danger for investors though.’
    • ‘Alcoholics Anonymous meetings became fraught with fears that his emotional outpourings would appear in print.’
    • ‘It leaves you in limbo, in a dreadful no-man's land that is fraught with danger.’
    • ‘Leaving accommodation to chance is a habit fraught with disappointment.’
    • ‘Driving on the Continent is fraught with problems for the UK driver and particularly the company car driver.’
    • ‘Aside from the total cost, it is an experience fraught with potential danger.’
    • ‘My response is guarded and is fraught with the inherent ambiguities of the situation.’
    • ‘Any discussion about Europe is fraught with dangers and discomfort.’
    • ‘A PR job is fraught with potential pitfalls and catastrophes that are predisposed to causing bad news, he cautions, and lists the sources of disasters.’
    • ‘The journey was fraught with danger, with a cold and wet welcome for anyone who lost their grip in the icy shin-deep water.’
    • ‘Despite this apparent harmony, all attempts to engage the factions in a peace process have been fraught with difficulty.’
    • ‘Falling in love and getting married will be fraught with danger.’
    • ‘The contemporary study of religion is a business fraught with dangers and perils.’
    • ‘The course of this journey is one fraught with self destructive and horrific events.’
    • ‘Creating new ventures can be fraught with danger for academics.’
    • ‘It was always a course fraught with risk for him to do a media interview about a case over which he was still presiding.’
    • ‘The life of a ski cameraman is fraught with danger - imagine trying to balance a camera, focus it and ski all at the same time.’
    • ‘His early life was fraught with danger - three of his closest advisers were murdered and an attempt was made on his own life.’
    full of, filled with, swarming with, rife with, thick with, bristling with, charged with, loaded with, brimful of, brimming with
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  • 2Causing or affected by anxiety or stress.

    ‘there was a fraught silence’
    ‘she sounded a bit fraught’
    • ‘That Christmas Eve was a particularly fraught one for both of us.’
    • ‘The atmosphere surrounding this dispute has gradually changed from fraught to poisonous.’
    • ‘Even the simple act of reading a newspaper is fraught for you.’
    • ‘She describes the experience of buying with friends as fraught.’
    • ‘It seems likely to make domestic life more fraught, rather than less.’
    • ‘He has made a habit of emotional farewells and fraught departures.’
    • ‘The first few days were rather fraught, but we've settled down now.’
    • ‘He explores the often fraught relationship between Britain and its former colony with wit and skill.’
    • ‘Eighteen months ago, she began writing about her childhood and her fraught relationship with her mother.’
    • ‘Not a bad story for Scotland and Ireland working together on this very elaborate and, at times, highly fraught project.’
    • ‘There are clues, for example, that her relationship with her mother was actually quite fraught.’
    • ‘Here's a reminder of just how fraught those days were at the end of January this year.’
    • ‘Will's emotional and musical journey is fraught, funny and engaging.’
    • ‘After a fraught 24 hours, the family was given a week to get their affairs in order.’
    • ‘In Scotland, the balance between the two is often a fraught one.’
    • ‘The use of Africa as a metaphor has a long and fraught history.’
    • ‘Catching a train in China is more fraught than in any other country I know.’
    • ‘With a good helping of incomers, who are less perturbed by these kind of events, the atmosphere will be less fraught.’
    • ‘And the more anyone concentrates on being relaxed, the more fraught they become.’
    • ‘His illness was concealed from the American public in the fraught period after the end of the First World War.’
    anxious, worried, upset, distraught, overwrought, agitated, distressed, distracted, desperate, frantic, panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicky
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Late Middle English, laden, equipped, past participle of obsolete fraught ‘load with cargo’, from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vracht ship's cargo. Compare with freight.