I learn that as a noun fright is a derivative of fear. What's the difference between these two? I read that fright is more intense than fear, is it true?

I also read the explanation here, but I can't quite understand the difference in the usage.

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Fear may be an ongoing state resulting from living in dangerous times or knowing that your future is particularly uncertain.

If something gives you a fright, it is a sudden perception of immediate threat, such as thinking you hear an intruder in the night.

  • Frightfully good explanation.
    – nnnnnn
    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:48

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