affright

(redirected from affrighted)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to affrighted: dreading
References in classic literature ?
A thrust from the lance of a powerful Indian, however, completed his conquest, and the brute gave up his obstinate hold of life with a roar, that passed bellowing over the place where our adventurers stood, and, reaching the ears of the affrighted herd, added a new impulse to their flight.
About Indra's fight with Harappa's Vrtra who is described as the Dragon, the Rig-Veda (Hymn xxxii) says: 'Whom sawest thou to avenge the Dragon, Indra that fear possessed thy heart when thou hadst slain him; that like a hawk affrighted through the regions, you crossedst nine and ninety flowing rivers'?
Othello remarks, "Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse / Of sun and moon, and that th'affrighted globe / Should yawn at alteration" (5.2.108-9).
The brutality and abuses of war become clear by the short vignettes: the maiden who has lost her loved one: "Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind/ Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky/ And the affrighted steed ran on alone,/ Do not weep./ War is kind." The child who has lost her father: "Do not weep, babe, for war is kind./ Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,/Raged at his breast, gulped and died,/ Do not weep./War is kind." And, finally, the Mother who has lost her son: "Mother, whose heart hung humble as a button/On the bright splendid shroud of your son,/ Do not weep./War is kind."
DOST agast, adj., 'filled with fright or terror; affrighted, terrified, aghast', (s.u.)
He indicates that his first, immediate reaction to what he saw was fear, and that it took some time for him to be able to question the validity of his dream: "Affrighted much, / I did in time collect myself" (3.3.36-37).
A chance bullet, coming nobody knows how or from whence, fired perchance by one that fled affrighted at the very flash of his villainous piece, may in a moment put a period to the vastest designs" J.
"Up from the south at break of day, bringing to Winchester fresh dismay, The affrighted air with a shudder bore, like a herald in haste, to the chieftain's door, The terrible grumble and rumble and roar, telling the battle was on once more, And Sheridan twenty miles away.
The affrighted gallant sought refuge in the capacious cauldron used for the baths.
[This punishment] so affrighted the Natives, that they never after durst [dared] more attempt this wickedness during the time of the Incas.
Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse Of sun and moon, and that the affrighted globe Should yawn-- The quote from Othello then segues into an echo of The Merchant of Venice: "Even as he said this a star of some pallor rose in his memory.
It seems ungracious to unpick such an original and salutary book, but Scruton is in error when he misstates the very nature of nationhood by writing, "nations are defined not by kinship or religion but by a homeland." As he is obviously aware of the meaning of natio--indeed, he has written a book called The Need for Nations--this is presumably a diplomatic introduction to mollify easily affrighted Greens.