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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Afraid  \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. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  afraid 
  adj  1:  filled  with  fear  or  apprehension;  "afraid  even  to  turn  his 
  head";  "suddenly  looked  afraid";  "afraid  for  his 
  life";  "afraid  of  snakes";  "afraid  to  ask  questions" 
  [syn:  {afraid(p)}]  [ant:  {unafraid(p)}] 
  2:  filled  with  regret  or  concern;  used  often  to  soften  an 
  unpleasant  statement;  "I'm  afraid  I  won't  be  able  to 
  come";  "he  was  afraid  he  would  have  to  let  her  go";  "I'm 
  afraid  you're  wrong" 
  3:  feeling  worry  or  concern  or  insecurity;  "She  was  afraid  that 
  I  might  be  embarrassed";  "terribly  afraid  of  offending 
  someone";  "I  am  afraid  we  have  witnessed  only  the  first 
  phase  of  the  conflict" 
  4:  having  feelings  of  aversion  or  unwillingness;  "afraid  of 
  hard  work";  "affaid  to  show  emotion" 




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