(Fright) n. [OE. frigt, freyht, AS. fyrhto, fyrhtu; akin to OS. forhta, OHG. forhta, forahta, G.
furcht, Dan. frygt, Sw. fruktan, Goth. faúrhtei fear, faúrhts timid.]
1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of
short duration; a sudden alarm.
2. Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion. [Colloq.]
Syn. Alarm; terror; consternation. See Alarm.
(Fright) v. t. [imp. Frighted; p. pr. & vb. n.. Frighting.] [OE. frigten to fear, frighten, AS. fyrhtan
to frighten, forhtian to fear; akin to OS. forhtian, OHG. furihten, forahtan, G. fürchten, Sw. frukta,
Dan. frygte, Goth. faurhtjan. See Fright, n., and cf. Frighten.] To alarm suddenly; to shock by
causing sudden fear; to terrify; to scare.
Nor exile or danger can fright a brave spirit.Dryden.
Syn. To affright; dismay; daunt; intimidate.
(Fright"en) v. t. [imp. Frightened (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Frightening ] [See Fright, v. t.] To
disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify.
More frightened than hurt.Old Proverb.
1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. [Obs.]
See how the frightful herds run from the wood.W. Browne.
2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or
tempest; a frightful appearance.
Syn. Terrible; dreadful; alarming; fearful; terrific; awful; horrid; horrible; shocking. Frightful, Dreadful,
Awful. These words all express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in dreadful, it is deeper and
more prolonged; in awful, the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which subdues us before the
presence of some invisible power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of death is dreadful to
most men; the convulsions of the earthquake are awful.
(Fright"ful*ly) adv. In a frightful manner; to a frightful dagree.
(Fright"ful*ness), n. The quality of being frightful.
(Fright"less), a. Free from fright; fearless. [Obs.]
(Fright"ment) n. Fear; terror. [Obs.]
(Frig"id) a. [L. frigidus, fr. frigere to be cold; prob. akin to Gr. to shudder, or perh. to cold. Cf.
1. Cold; wanting heat or warmth; of low temperature; as, a frigid climate.
2. Wanting warmth, fervor, ardor, fire, vivacity, etc.; unfeeling; forbidding in manner; dull and unanimated; stiff
and formal; as, a frigid constitution; a frigid style; a frigid look or manner; frigid obedience or service.
3. Wanting natural heat or vigor sufficient to excite the generative power; impotent. Johnson.