Synonyms of frightening


1. terrorization, terrorisation, frightening, bullying, intimidation

usage: the act of inspiring with fear


1. frighten, fright, scare, affright, stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir

usage: cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"

2. frighten, chase away, drive out, turn back, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off

usage: drive out by frightening


1. awful, dire, direful, dread(prenominal), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible, alarming (vs. unalarming)

usage: 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"

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