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Synonyms for frighten
ˈfraɪt nfright·en

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. frighten

    One is frightened by a cause of fear addressed directly and suddenly to the senses; he is intimidated by an apprehension of contingent consequences dependent on some act of his own to be done or forborne; the means of intimidation may act through the senses, or may appeal only to the intellect or the sensibilities. The sudden rush of an armed madman may frighten; the quiet leveling of a highwayman's pistol intimidates. A savage beast is intimidated by the keeper's whip. Employers may intimidate their employees from voting contrary to their will by threat of discharge; a mother may be intimidated through fear for her child. To browbeat or cow is to bring into a state of submissive fear; to daunt is to give pause or check to a violent, threatening, or even a brave spirit. To scare is to cause sudden, unnerving fear; to terrify is to awaken fear that is overwhelming. Compare ALARM.

    Synonyms:
    affright, alarm, appal, browbeat, cow, daunt, dismay, intimidate, scare, terrify

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frighten, fright, scare, affrightverb

    cause fear in

    "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"

    Synonyms:
    pall, scare, scare off, daunt, affright, frighten away, scare away, fright, frighten off, dash

  2. frightenverb

    drive out by frightening

    Synonyms:
    fright, affright, scare

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. frightenverb

    Synonyms:
    alarm, affright, terrify, scare, dismay, daunt, intimidate, shock with sudden fear

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. frightenverb

    Synonyms:
    terrify, alarm, scare, intimidate, dismay, affright, daunt, appall, terrorize

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "frighten":

    scare, startle, intimidate, spook, afraid

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#5795afraid
#7132cow
#8587dash
#13901scare
#29576fright
#33345dismay
#35818pall
#37463intimidate
#43167frighten
#51312spook
#68351startle
#100606terrify
#172953daunt
#207297browbeat
#216390appal
#224580affright

How to use frighten in a sentence?

  1. Mrs. Patrick Campbell:

    Does it really matter what these affectionate people do-- so long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses!

  2. Justin Draeger:

    It can potentially frighten off those lower-income people who can most benefit from higher education.

  3. Lily Jin:

    There's so much news, so much data, every 10 minutes there's an update, it's frightening, especially for people like us in a severely hit area, even if you're not ill you'll frighten yourself into getting sick.

  4. Mayor Antonio Cando Halili:

    No one is safe – mayors, governors, congressmen – just a false intelligence report by the police can end up with any of them being destroyed, i have a feeling they (police) are going after the small fry to frighten the people.

  5. Canada Governor Stephen Poloz:

    It's certainly not our intent to surprise or to frighten people.


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