Definition of fraught in English:



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

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