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frightened, scared, scared stiff, terrified, fearful, petrified, nervous, scared to deathView synonyms
- ‘‘Lady,’ she croaked out, ‘I have ill tidings, and I am afeard.’’
- ‘Even the river critters were afeard of the monster!’
- ‘Some, having spotted her, could draw no closer than a distant gaze: they were afeard, they would admit later over ale.’
- ‘A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that she's afeard of herself sometimes.’
- ‘It's a clean hand now: shake it-don't be afeard.’
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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