verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for frightening
They say it's frightening how the real CIA is perceived to be as clueless as Archer Co.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In a frightening development for the GOP, Democrats had won even traditionally Republican constituencies in the Midwest.
After all, he was on television every week, telling macabre stories, frightening us.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganization, fear and, most frightening, quarantine.
But the ambiguity of “appropriate disciplinary action” is what is so frightening about the smoking ban.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS|Chloé Valdary|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This swash-buckler had, moreover, a most imposing countenance, and a voice capable of frightening even a bear back into its den.A Hungarian Nabob|Maurus Jkai
Now don't you see how you are frightening this child to death?Ben Pepper|Margaret Sidney
He was frightening, too; he was so much handsomer than she remembered, and so much more alive.The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome
Bands of them would even come down into the town and march through the streets, frightening every one into flight.The Black-Bearded Barbarian (George Leslie Mackay)|Mary Esther Miller MacGregor, AKA Marion Keith
How strange it seems to be Mary again—almost wrong, and—frightening.The Guests Of Hercules|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for frightening
Derived Formsfrightened, adjectivefrightening, adjectivefrighteningly, adverb
Idioms and Phrases with frightening
see scare out of one's wits.