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Definition of fright noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of fear to cry out in fright He was shaking with fright. see also stage fright Thesaurusfearterror panic alarm frightThese are all words for the bad feeling you have when you are afraid.fear the bad feeling that you have when you are in danger, when something bad might happen, or when a particular thing frightens you:(a) fear of flying She showed no fear.terror a feeling of extreme fear:His eyes were wild with terror.panic a sudden feeling of great fear that cannot be controlled and prevents you from thinking clearly:I had a sudden moment of panic.alarm fear or worry that someone feels when something dangerous or unpleasant might happen:The doctor said there was no cause for alarm.fright a feeling of fear, usually sudden:I cried out in fright.fear or fright?Fright is a reaction to something that has just happened or is happening now. Use fear, but not fright, to talk about things that always frighten you and things that may happen in the future:I have a fright of spiders. his fright of what might happenPatterns a fear/terror of something in fear/terror/panic/alarm/fright fear/terror/panic/alarm that… to be filled with fear/terror/panic/alarm a feeling of fear/terror/panic/alarm
  2. 2[countable] an experience that makes you feel fear I got the fright of my life.
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