Definition of fraught in English:



  • 1fraught with(of a situation or course of action) filled with or likely to result in (something undesirable)

    ‘marketing any new product is fraught with danger’
    • ‘Despite this apparent harmony, all attempts to engage the factions in a peace process have been fraught with difficulty.’
    • ‘Leaving accommodation to chance is a habit fraught with disappointment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It leaves you in limbo, in a dreadful no-man's land that is fraught with danger.’
    • ‘Creating new ventures can be fraught with danger for academics.’
    • ‘Using a bypass as a main access road for housing and industry is fraught with potential road traffic problems and dangers.’
    • ‘The journey was fraught with danger, with a cold and wet welcome for anyone who lost their grip in the icy shin-deep water.’
    • ‘His early life was fraught with danger - three of his closest advisers were murdered and an attempt was made on his own life.’
    • ‘Falling in love and getting married will be fraught with danger.’
    • ‘Any discussion about Europe is fraught with dangers and discomfort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was always a course fraught with risk for him to do a media interview about a case over which he was still presiding.’
    • ‘Evaluations under these circumstances are rare and fraught with methodological difficulties.’
    • ‘My response is guarded and is fraught with the inherent ambiguities of the situation.’
    • ‘The road ahead is still fraught with danger for investors though.’
    • ‘The course of this journey is one fraught with self destructive and horrific events.’
    • ‘Aside from the total cost, it is an experience fraught with potential danger.’
    • ‘Alcoholics Anonymous meetings became fraught with fears that his emotional outpourings would appear in print.’
    • ‘Driving on the Continent is fraught with problems for the UK driver and particularly the company car driver.’
    • ‘The contemporary study of religion is a business fraught with dangers and perils.’
    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’
    • ‘Not a bad story for Scotland and Ireland working together on this very elaborate and, at times, highly fraught project.’
    • ‘And the more anyone concentrates on being relaxed, the more fraught they become.’
    • ‘It seems likely to make domestic life more fraught, rather than less.’
    • ‘His illness was concealed from the American public in the fraught period after the end of the First World War.’
    • ‘The use of Africa as a metaphor has a long and fraught history.’
    • ‘In Scotland, the balance between the two is often a fraught one.’
    • ‘That Christmas Eve was a particularly fraught one for both of us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first few days were rather fraught, but we've settled down now.’
    • ‘With a good helping of incomers, who are less perturbed by these kind of events, the atmosphere will be less fraught.’
    • ‘He has made a habit of emotional farewells and fraught departures.’
    • ‘After a fraught 24 hours, the family was given a week to get their affairs in order.’
    • ‘Eighteen months ago, she began writing about her childhood and her fraught relationship with her mother.’
    • ‘Will's emotional and musical journey is fraught, funny and engaging.’
    • ‘Catching a train in China is more fraught than in any other country I know.’
    • ‘Even the simple act of reading a newspaper is fraught for you.’
    • ‘The atmosphere surrounding this dispute has gradually changed from fraught to poisonous.’
    • ‘He explores the often fraught relationship between Britain and its former colony with wit and skill.’
    • ‘She describes the experience of buying with friends as fraught.’
    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.