- to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare.
- to drive (usually followed by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof.
- to become frightened: a timid child who frightens easily.
Origin of frighten
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Related Words for frightendismay, discourage, dishearten, terrorize, perturb, intimidate, appall, alarm, unnerve, astound, agitate, deter, faze, startle, demoralize, disconcert, horrify, daunt, awe, petrify
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Contemporary Examples of frighten
Indeed, his inept attempts to frighten off Stewie only make the situation worse.Tim Winton's Beautiful, Baffling 'Eyrie'
August 18, 2014
Big scary Transformer-like robots with heads ablaze that frighten the kids back across the treacherous desert?The So-Called Immigration Border Crisis Is Neither
July 10, 2014
Their goal is to frighten women who have objected to forced hijab.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
This happens to be the perfect course of action, better to frighten you with the hellish episode of slavery.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
That should frighten every Republican out of their small thinking.It's the Math
November 9, 2012
Historical Examples of frighten
In growth all is adjusted to capacity; it is not meant to shock, force, or frighten.The Conquest of Fear
And all the little disfiguring hurts of life—they frighten me!The Bacillus of Beauty
There was nothing in that to frighten her: there was everything to make her feel content and proud.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
This man said I must be operated on by a burning process, all of which was said to frighten me to duty.
The work was hard, and the weather cold; but these did not frighten me.
- to cause fear in; terrify; scare
- to drive or force to go (away, off, out, in, etc) by making afraid
see scare out of one's wits.