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Philothea has glided from the apartment, as if afraid to remain in my presence.

"I am afraid I should make a poor hand at it," said Mrs. Rushton, smiling.

“I am afraid he is past ransom,” said the youth, shaking his head.

That he is afraid to trust banks, and hides his money in the earth.

As for him—well caviare, I'm afraid, will always be caviare to Jimmy Nesbit.

She knew the butler's life history two days after she had ceased to be afraid of him.

I'm afraid of myself, even in spite of our affairs being so bad.

"I am afraid you give me too much credit," said Robert, modestly.

She saw me in the yacht, only once; she knew me; she was afraid.

We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., originally past participle of afray "frighten," from Anglo-French afrayer, from Old French esfreer (see affray (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired independent standing and thrived while affray faded, chasing out the once more common afeared. Sense in I'm afraid "I regret to say, I suspect" (without implication of fear) is first recorded 1590s.

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