frighteningly


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Related to frighteningly: dreading

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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.frighteningly - in an alarming manner; "the disturbing thing about the Minister's behavior is that far from being artificial, it too often rings frighteningly true"
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Translations

frighteningly

[ˈfraɪtnɪŋlɪ] ADV [thin] → alarmantemente; [ugly] → espantosamente; [expensive, uncertain] → terriblemente
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

frighteningly

[ˈfraɪtənɪŋli] adv [high, close, realistic] → terriblement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

frighteningly

adverschreckend; more frighteningly, one risked one’s lifeund was noch erschreckender war, es bestand Lebensgefahr
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

frighteningly

[ˈfraɪtnɪŋlɪ] advspaventosamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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The result is a warm story of two seemingly-different girls who discover that in some ways, they are frighteningly similar.

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