AskDefine | Define frighten

Dictionary Definition



1 cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me" [syn: fright, scare, affright]
2 drive out by frightening

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  1. To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affright, agitate, alarm, alert, appall, arouse, astound, awe, bowl down, bowl over, browbeat, bulldoze, cow, cry havoc, cry wolf, curdle the blood, daunt, demoralize, discompose, disconcert, dismay, disquiet, distress, electrify, faze, fly storm warnings, fright, funk, horrify, horripilate, intimidate, jar, jolt, make one tremble, panic, perturb, petrify, raise apprehensions, scare, scare stiff, shake, shock, sound the alarm, sound the tocsin, spook, stagger, startle, stun, take aback, terrify, terrorize, unman, unnerve, unstring, upset, warn
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