fraught fraught  /f ˈrɔt/


  1. (adj) marked by distress
  2. (adj) filled with or attended with


  1. It's hard to imagine an American weapons program so fraught with problems that Dick Cheney would try repeatedly to cancel it hard, that is, until you get to know the Osprey.
  2. In most of the developed world, globalization is a deeply fraught topic.
  3. So fraught with palace intrigue was that arrangement that then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused to attend key meetings called by National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.


  1. The tragedy of the North-South hotline

    The direct line between North and South Korea is, as usual, the first casualty of the two countries' fraught relations.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: GlobalPost

  2. A lot’s at stake with Dad’s Steak

    Father’s Day grilling around my house was always fraught with tension. My dad was not the genial Fred MacMurray type. He paced irritably, chain-smoking, beside the Weber grill in the backyard of our cottage in Madison, Conn., with a kitchen timer in hand. Woe be the designated griller (me) who was not standing at attention, grill tongs and platter ready for action, when that timer dinged. My ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Southern Illinoisan

  3. On Baseball: The season of rebuilding ended up being even more

    In a season that was expected to be fraught with losses during a process of rebuilding, the Michigan baseball team exceeded expectations by taking its first steps back into college baseball relevancy. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Michigan Daily


  1. "The history of the Olympic Games is fraught by a lot of challenges," Rogge said. "This is a challenge but you cannot compare to what we had in the past."
    on Apr 9, 2008 By: Jacques Rogge Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. A spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, Dan Riedinger, said under the EPA approach "the process won't be pretty ...... fraught with uncertainty."
    on Apr 17, 2009 By: Thomas Edison Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "It's a system that's fraught with inadequacies, improper checks and balances, no procedures in place. It's sort of a haphazard little dance that everyone dances around," said Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.
    on Dec 21, 2007 By: Lynne Abraham Source: Guardian Unlimited

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