3. A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray. "In the very midst of the affray." Motley.
4. (Law) The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others. Blackstone.
A fighting in private is not, in a legal sense, an affray.
Syn. Quarrel; brawl; scuffle; encounter; fight; contest; feud; tumult; disturbance.
(Af*fray"er) n. One engaged in an affray.
(Af*fray"ment) n. Affray. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Af*freight") v. t. [Pref. ad- + freight: cf. F. affréter. See Freight.] To hire, as a ship, for the
transportation of goods or freight.
(Af*freight"er) n. One who hires or charters a ship to convey goods.
(Af*freight"ment) n. [Cf. F. affrétement.] The act of hiring, or the contract for the use of,
a vessel, or some part of it, to convey cargo.
(Af*fret") n. [Cf. It. affrettare to hasten, fretta haste.] A furious onset or attack. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Af*fric"tion) n. [L. affricare to rub on. See Friction.] The act of rubbing against. [Obs.]
(Af*friend"ed) p. p. Made friends; reconciled. [Obs.] "Deadly foes . . . affriended." Spenser.
(Af*fright") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affrighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Affrighting.] [Orig. p. p.; OE. afright,
AS. afyrhtan to terrify; a- (cf. Goth. us-, Ger. er-, orig. meaning out) + fyrhto fright. See Fright.]
To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm.
Dreams affright our souls.
A drear and dying sound
Affrights the flamens at their service quaint.
Syn. To terrify; frighten; alarm; dismay; appall; scare; startle; daunt; intimidate.
(Af*fright"), p. a. Affrighted. [Obs.] Chaucer.
1. Sudden and great fear; terror. It expresses a stronger impression than fear, or apprehension, perhaps
less than terror.
He looks behind him with affright, and forward with despair.
2. The act of frightening; also, a cause of terror; an object of dread. B. Jonson.
(Af*fright"ed*ly), adv. With fright. Drayton.
(Af*fright"en) v. t. To frighten. [Archaic] "Fit tales . . . to affrighten babes." Southey.
(Af*fright"er) n. One who frightens. [Archaic]
(Af*fright"ful) a. Terrifying; frightful. Af*fright"ful*ly, adv. [Archaic]
Bugbears or affrightful apparitions.