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afraid

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Oh, love is real enough; you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy—and that is life.
Jean Anouilh Ardele
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English

Etymology

Middle English afrayed, affraide, past participle of afraien (“to affray”), from Anglo-Norman afrayer, from Old French esfreer (see also afeard).

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
afraid

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) regretful that (something undesirable is true)
    I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.

Usage notes

  • (Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive): Afraid expresses a lesser degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is often followed by the preposition of and the object of fear, or by an infinitive, or by a dependent clause, as shown in the examples above.

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