English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
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"
scare, panic attack(verb)
a sudden attack of fear
frighten, fright, scare, affright(verb)
cause fear in
"The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"
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
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How to use scare in a sentence?
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Some women who have a scare through a false positive actually are less likely to want to have mammograms because it was a scary experience.
You scare the hell out of all of us --- at least, I'm scared.
He’s demonizing both the vaccination program and LGBT+ people without a shred of evidence, by seeking to scare the public into not getting vaccinated against COVID-19, he is fueling the pandemic and putting lives at risk.
I don't say this to scare you. But I am going to be honest with you. No more tricks. No more smoke and mirrors.
Translations for scare
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- espaventar, espantarCatalan, Valencian
- vylekat, polekat, vyděsit, postrašitCzech
- Schreck, erschreckenGerman
- asustar, espantar, susto, atemorizarSpanish
- pelästyttää, säikäyttää, säikähdys, pelätti, kauhuFinnish
- peur, effrayerFrench
- cuir eagla arIrish
- spaurire, timore, spavento, impaurire, paura, spaventareItalian
- 恐怖, 威かす, 怯え, 脅威, 驚かすJapanese
- assustar, sustoPortuguese
- па́ника, пу́гало, пуга́ть, страши́ть, устраша́ть, испу́г, страх, жу́пел, испуга́ть, напуга́тьRussian
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