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definition of the word afraid

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Middle English afrayed, affraide, past participle of afraien (“to affray”), from Anglo-Norman afrayer, from Old French esfreer (see also afeard).

afraid (comparative more afraid, superlative most afraid)


more afraid

most afraid

  1. (usually used predicatively, not attributively) Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive.
    He is afraid of death.
    He is afraid to die.
    He is afraid that he will die.
  2. (colloquially, to soften a statement) regretful that (something undesirable is true)
    I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.

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