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Synonyms for frighten
ˈfraɪt n

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frighten, fright, scare, affright(verb)

    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. frighten(verb)

    drive out by frightening

    Synonyms:
    fright, affright, scare

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. frighten(v. a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. frighten(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    scare, startle, intimidate, spook, afraid

How to pronounce frighten?

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How to use frighten in a sentence?

  1. Mick Mulvaney:

    I am just finding out about the powers I have as acting director and they would frighten most of you.

  2. Niccollo Machavelli, The Prince.:

    So as a prince is forced to know how to act like a beast, he must learn from the fox and the lion; becouse the lion is defenceless against traps and the fox is defenceless against wolves. Therefore one must be a fox in order to recognise traps and lion to frighten off wolves.

  3. Mark Dubowitz:

    I imagine the administration is providing this info publicly to frighten the regime in Iran and also as part of responsible contingency planning, part of the psychological operations being employed to deter further regime escalation.

  4. Mayor Antonio Cando Halili:

    I have a feeling they (police) are going after the small fry to frighten the people.

  5. 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.


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