To run afoul of, to run against or come into collision with, especially so as to become entangled or to cause injury.

(A*fraid") p. a. [OE. afrayed, affraide, p. p. of afraien to affray. See Affray, and cf. Afeard.] Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive. [Afraid comes after the noun it limits.] "Back they recoiled, afraid." Milton.

This word expresses a less degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is followed by of before the object of fear, or by the infinitive, or by a dependent clause; as, to be afraid of death. "I am afraid to die." "I am afraid he will chastise me." "Be not afraid that I your hand should take." Shak. I am afraid is sometimes used colloquially to soften a statement; as, I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.

Syn. — Fearful; timid; timorous; alarmed; anxious.

(Af"reet) n. Same as Afrit.

(A*fresh") adv. [Pref. a- + fresh.] Anew; again; once more; newly.

They crucify . . . the Son of God afresh.
Heb. vi. 6.

(Af"ric) a. African.n. Africa. [Poetic]

(Af"ri*can) a. [L. Africus, Africanus, fr. Afer African.] Of or pertaining to Africa.

African hemp, a fiber prepared from the leaves of the Sanseviera Guineensis, a plant found in Africa and India. - - African marigold, a tropical American plant African oakor African teak, a timber furnished by Oldfieldia Africana, used in ship building.

Aforecited to Agamogenesis

(A*fore"cit`ed) a. Named or quoted before.

(A*fore"go`ing) a. Going before; foregoing.

(A*fore"hand`) adv. Beforehand; in anticipation. [Archaic or Dial.]

She is come aforehand to anoint my body.
Mark xiv. 8.

(A*fore"hand`), a. Prepared; previously provided; — opposed to behindhand. [Archaic or Dial.]

Aforehand in all matters of power.

(A*fore"men`tioned) a. Previously mentioned; before-mentioned. Addison.

(A*fore"named`) a. Named before. Peacham.

(A*fore"said`) a. Said before, or in a preceding part; already described or identified.

(A*fore"thought`) a. Premeditated; prepense; previously in mind; designed; as, malice aforethought, which is required to constitute murder. Bouvier.

(A*fore"thought`), n. Premeditation.

(A*fore"time`) adv. In time past; formerly. "He prayed . . . as he did aforetime." Dan. vi. 10.

A fortiori
(||A for`ti*o"ri) [L.] (Logic & Math.) With stronger reason.

(A*foul") adv. & a. [Pref. a- + foul.] In collision; entangled. Totten.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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