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Synonyms for scare

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. panic, scare(noun)

    sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events

    "panic in the stock market"; "a war scare"; "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"

    terror, panic attack, affright, panic

  2. scare, panic attack(verb)

    a sudden attack of fear

    panic attack, panic

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

    cause fear in

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

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

  4. daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scare(verb)

    cause to lose courage

    "dashed by the refusal"

    weary, dull, shoot, scoot, pall, cloy, flash, fatigue, fright, affright, scare off, frighten, tire, frighten away, scud, jade, die, become flat, scare away, crash, daunt, frighten off, dart, dash, smash


  1. scare(verb)

    fright, frighten, terrify

  2. scare(noun)

    A minor fright

    Johnny had a bad scare last night.

    frighten, terrify, fright

  3. scare(noun)

    A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread.

    JM is a scare to the capitalists of this country.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scare

    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.

    affright, alarm, appal, browbeat, cow, daunt, dismay, frighten, intimidate, terrify

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scare

    terrify, affright, intimidate, frighten, deter, dismay, daunt

    reassure, encourage, entice, allure

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scare(v. a.)

    frighten, affright, FRIGHT, intimidate, daunt, appall, terrify, make afraid, put in fear

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scare(n)

    fright, alarm, terror, panic, consternation

  2. scare(v)

    frighten, intimidate, terrify, daunt, cow, appall, startle, affright, alarm, browbeat, dismay, terrorize, overawe


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    frighten, startle, spook, afraid, scared, panic, fear, alarmist, intimidate, fright

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How to use scare in a sentence?

  1. Stephen Innes:

    (The) sell-off on the ... flu scare was mollified by a timely decline in U.S. crude inventories.

  2. New York:

    Ted Cruz’s new campaign strategy: Scare tiny children.

  3. Nadine Gordimer:

    A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.

  4. Nathan Thooft:

    It's a bit of a relief from last week. There was a bit of a scare from people who felt central banks around the world are more hawkish, people are realizing that even if they move quicker than they expected there's not going to be a dramatic shift. Today is a little more of a calmer market that's saying we can get through these hawkish dynamics.

  5. Emily Oken:

    I don’t like to use the word ` dangerous ’ because that may well scare women from eating fish, which are a good part of a healthy diet.

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