Adjective "afraid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling fear or anxiety; frightened.
  1. 'she tried to think about the future without feeling afraid'
  2. 'Anyone who has nothing to be fearful of should not be afraid of the Customs Service.'
  3. 'He was always very afraid of death and would have hoped for a miracle.'
  4. 'They felt nervous about walking home in the dark; they were afraid of evil spirits.'
  5. 'She explained she was afraid of having children because she feared she could not feed them.'
  6. 'He says that since starting the job he is less jumpy and no longer afraid of the dark.'
  7. 'He said today he was not afraid of competing with supermarkets but feared the effect on customer choice.'
  8. 'True scholars are afraid of no hypothesis; they go where others fear to think.'
  9. 'It has certainly exacerbated the extent to which people are afraid of terrorist attacks.'
  10. 'True leaders are not afraid of telling the truth as they see it for fear of losing favor.'
  11. 'The greatest trick is to not to show that you are afraid of something.'
  12. 'We were afraid that the sunrise would not be as glorious as we'd wanted it to be because of the clouds.'
  13. 'My arms hugged around me, as if I was suddenly afraid of him, as if I was afraid that he would hurt me.'
  14. 'For example, we are afraid that if others knew the truth about us, they wouldn't like us.'
  15. 'I'm afraid that, when it comes right down to it, this is the one that's likely to be closest to the truth.'
  16. 'He is afraid that if his marking is challenged and an appeal conducted he will be held to have been discriminatory.'
  17. 'That cost us a lot of money and we were afraid that we would lose our connection with the public.'
  18. 'I am afraid that now that I am a bit better things are not going to change much.'
  19. 'Now I am afraid that my right ear, which is almost normal, may also develop problems.'
  20. 'I am afraid that the answer is one that people may not want to hear or even think about.'
  21. 'It got a lot of media attention, and local art officials were afraid that too many people would show up to watch.'
  22. 'I'm often afraid to go out on the streets'
  23. 'In consequence we are becoming a tight-lipped silent majority afraid to rise above the parapet.'
  24. 'I was afraid to look. I opened my eyes and saw my husband on his knees in a pile of glass, holding his face in his hands.'
  25. 'William was suddenly afraid for her'
  26. 'My 16-year-old daughter was in the shop and I was afraid for her safety.'
  27. 'His new album, written after a nasty split with his fiancee, is so forlorn that the music press is afraid for his health.'
  28. 'Sometimes the world seems a dark place; we feel uncertain about the present, and afraid for the future.'
  29. 'Fear has an enormous hold over people; they will do almost anything if they are afraid for themselves or their loved ones.'
  30. 'I was afraid for my eternal salvation all day every day, in every thought and deed.'
  31. 'She was afraid for him, and grateful for his presence in the world.'
  32. 'He told police he was too afraid for himself and his family to tell the truth at first.'
  33. 'All of the court ladies that hadn't fainted were clinging to their partners, mortally afraid for their lives.'
  34. 'The reason he had not offered information concerning where he had obtained the drugs was because he was genuinely afraid for his safety if he did so.'
  35. 'They're afraid for their life and perhaps something needs to be done.'


1. feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go.

2. feeling regret, unhappiness, or the like: I'm afraid we can't go on Monday.

3. feeling reluctance, unwillingness, distaste, or the like: He seemed afraid to show his own children a little kindness.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be afraid of things."

"people can be afraid of people."

"people can be afraid for people."

"people can be afraid of darks."

"people can be afraid of places."

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Middle English: past participle of the obsolete verb affray, from Anglo-Norman French afrayer (see affray).


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