frightening


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fright·en

 (frīt′n)
v. fright·ened, fright·en·ing, fright·ens
v.tr.
1. To fill with fear; alarm.
2. To drive or force by arousing fear: The suspect was frightened into confessing.
v.intr.
To become afraid: told ghost stories to campers who frightened easily.

fright′en·er n.
fright′en·ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: frighten, scare, alarm, terrify, terrorize, startle, panic
These verbs mean to cause a person to experience fear. Frighten and the more informal scare are the most widely applicable: "The Count's mysterious warning frightened me at the time" (Bram Stoker).We scared each other telling ghost stories before bed.
Alarm implies a state of fearful anxiety, often brought on suddenly: The sight of the approaching shark alarmed the swimmers.
Terrify implies overwhelming, often paralyzing fear: "It is the coming of death that terrifies me" (Oscar Wilde).
To terrorize is to strike fear into another, often for purposes of coercion: "The decent citizen was terrorized into paying public blackmail" (Arthur Conan Doyle).
Startle suggests a momentary fright that may cause a sudden, involuntary movement of the body: The clap of thunder startled us.
Panic implies sudden frantic fear that often impairs self-control and rationality: The realistic radio drama panicked the listeners who tuned in after it had begun.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frightening - the act of inspiring with fearfrightening - the act of inspiring with fear  
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
bullying, intimidation - the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
Adj.1.frightening - causing fear or dread or terrorfrightening - causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

frightening

adjective terrifying, shocking, alarming, appalling, startling, dreadful, horrifying, menacing, intimidating, dismaying, scary (informal), fearful, daunting, fearsome, unnerving, spooky (informal), hair-raising, baleful, spine-chilling, bloodcurdling The number of youngsters involved in crime is frightening.
Translations
مُرْعِبمُفْزِع، مُريع، مُرْعِب
děsivý
forfærdendeskræmmende
pelottava
zastrašujuć
ógnvekjandi
ぎょっとさせる
무서운
strašljiv
skrämmande
ที่น่าตกใจ
đáng sợ

frightening

[ˈfraɪtnɪŋ] ADJespantoso, aterrador

frightening

[ˈfraɪtənɪŋ] adjeffrayant(e)

frightening

adj
(= alarming) experience, incidentfurchterregend; situation, sight, prospect, feeling, thought, storyerschreckend; it was a frightening situationdie Situation war zum Fürchten; the most frightening sightder entsetzlichste Anblick; to look frighteningzum Fürchten aussehen
(= scary)beängstigend; life was more frightening when I was smallals ich noch klein war, hat das Leben mir mehr Angst gemacht; it was a frightening placeder Ort war zum Fürchten; it is frightening to think what could happenes ist beängstigend, wenn man denkt, was alles passieren könnte

frightening

[ˈfraɪtnɪŋ] adjpauroso/a, spaventoso/a

fright

(frait) noun
1. a sudden fear. the noise gave me a terrible fright.
2. a person who looks ridiculous. She looks a fright in those clothes.
stage frightstageˈfrighten verb
to make (someone) afraid. She was frightened by a large dog.
ˈfrightened adjective
ˈfrightful adjective
1. terrible or frightening. I had a frightful experience.
2. very bad. He is a frightful liar.
ˈfrightening adjective
ˈfrightfully adverb
very. He's frightfully clever.
take fright
to become frightened usually suddenly and quickly. She took fright and ran away.

frightening

مُرْعِب děsivý skræmmende beängstigend τρομακτικός aterrador pelottava effrayant zastrašujuć terrificante ぎょっとさせる 무서운 angstwekkend skremmende przerażający assustador пугающий skrämmande ที่น่าตกใจ ürkünç đáng sợ 令人恐惧的
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March, frightening away a big black cricket that was staring Teddy out of countenance.
exclaimed the young Mohican, rising on the extremities of his feet, and gazing intently in his front, frightening the ravens to some other prey by the sound and the action.
I was anxious to meet my daughters quickly, to know the reason of their foolish alarm, and to know also who had been frightening them.
You should have known sooner (only that I was afraid of frightening you away) that, in this long drama of wrong and retribution, I represent the old wizard, and am probably as much a wizard as ever he was.
He was always frightening me, always breaking out with fresh astonishers, in new and unexpected places.
I saw she was sorry for his persevering sulkiness and indolence: her conscience reproved her for frightening him off improving himself: she had done it effectually.
Lorry; couldn't you tell her what you had to tell her, without frightening her to death?
Miss Mills replied in the affirmative so readily, that I further asked her if she would take charge of the Cookery Book; and, if she ever could insinuate it upon Dora's acceptance, without frightening her, undertake to do me that crowning service.
Dunstan felt as if there must be a little frightening added to the cajolery, for his own arithmetical convictions were not clear enough to afford him any forcible demonstration as to the advantages of interest; and as for security, he regarded it vaguely as a means of cheating a man by making him believe that he would be paid.
Unless you have been there you cannot imagine what a frightening effect this steady come-down of troops has on the spectators, even when they know it is only a review.
Some of our company went into the wood to divert themselves with hearing the birds and frightening the monkeys, creatures so cunning that they would not stir if a man came unarmed, but would run immediately when they saw a gun.
Vail's first step, naturally, was to stiffen up the backbone of this little company, and to prevent the Western Union from frightening it into a surrender.

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