Frightful vs Afraid - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between frightful and afraid
is that frightful
is (obsolete): full of fright; affrighted; frightened while afraid
is impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.
* frightfull (archaic)
(obsolete): Full of fright; affrighted; frightened.
Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.
(Used as an intensifier)
- We wasted a frightful amount of money on renovations.
Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.
- He is afraid of death.
- He is afraid to die.
(colloquial) regretful, sorry
- He is afraid that he will die.
- I am afraid I can not help you in this matter .
* (term) expresses a lesser degree of fear than (terrified) or (frightened). It is often followed by the preposition (term) and the object of fear, or by an infinitive, or by a dependent clause, as shown in the examples above.
* (Impressed with fear or apprehension) afeared, alarmed, anxious, apprehensive, fearful, timid, timorous
* (Regretful) sorry
* See also
* I'm afraid not
* I'm afraid so