Definition of fraught in English:



  • 1[predicative] (of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something undesirable)

    ‘marketing any new product is fraught with danger’
    • ‘The course of this journey is one fraught with self destructive and horrific events.’
    • ‘Evaluations under these circumstances are rare and fraught with methodological difficulties.’
    • ‘His early life was fraught with danger - three of his closest advisers were murdered and an attempt was made on his own life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Driving on the Continent is fraught with problems for the UK driver and particularly the company car driver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was always a course fraught with risk for him to do a media interview about a case over which he was still presiding.’
    • ‘Leaving accommodation to chance is a habit fraught with disappointment.’
    • ‘Alcoholics Anonymous meetings became fraught with fears that his emotional outpourings would appear in print.’
    • ‘Aside from the total cost, it is an experience fraught with potential danger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Any discussion about Europe is fraught with dangers and discomfort.’
    • ‘It leaves you in limbo, in a dreadful no-man's land that is fraught with danger.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 great anxiety or stress.

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