While reading the latest (and last, alas) Harry Potter book — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — I came across the sentence below and jumped on it as an example of incorrect word usage:
Dealings between wizards and goblins have been fraught for centuries — but you’ll know that from History of Magic.
Fraught means loaded, charged, marked by or causing distress. I have long believed that with must always follow fraught. It seemed to me that the sentence above should actually read like this:
Dealings between wizards and goblins have been fraught with tension for centuries — but you’ll know that from History of Magic.
As it turns out, my version is correct. But that doesn’t mean that J.K. Rawling’s version is incorrect. Here is another example of using fraught alone:
When he heard Sara’s tragic account of the fraught mother-daughter relationship, he was horrified.
Use fraught either with or without with. Either way is correct.
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