😱 - face screaming in fear emoji

or face screaming in fear emoji

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What does 😱 mean?

AHHHHHHHHHHHH 😱!!! The face screaming in fear emoji, 😱, depicts a face with wide, usually blank eyes, and a mouth open in a scream. Most versions also feature hands on the face’s cheeks and a blue gradient at the top of the face, as if it's lost all its color.


The face screaming in fear emoji 😱 is often used to express extremes of emotion: both negative and positive ones that would elicit screaming, whether horrified or excited.

Examples of 😱 - face screaming in fear emoji


Examples of 😱 - face screaming in fear emoji
i’m genuinely so happy it’s spooky season. now it’s not as weird for me to watch all the scream movies once a week 😱
@inizu98, October, 2018
I can’t believe I’m turning 20 in 22 days.🤯Dayum girl I nearly out of the “teenager” gang😱I feel old now  but whatevaaa I look 16 so thats okay
@smrityyyy, October, 2018
So I’m researching on ancestry & it leads me to the find a grave site.  I start looking up old ancestor’s graves. 😳 Lawd, I done messed around scared my damn self.  😱 #Caskets #OldMeanFaces 💀
@BeCreatiff, October, 2018
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Where does 😱 - face screaming in fear emoji come from?

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Unicode approved face screaming in fear emoji 😱 in 2010 as part of Unicode 6.0

Most versions of face screaming in fear emoji 😱 essentially resemble The Scream, an 1893 painting by modern artist Edvard Munch. Interestingly, no one is one-hundred percent sure what exactly the person in the painting is screaming about … just like this emoji.


The blue gradient at the top of the emoji’s face on most versions is linked to a common visual device in manga and anime, which represents a cold sweat, like when someone is upset, sad, or afraid.

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Who uses 😱 - face screaming in fear emoji ?

The face screaming in fear 😱 is most often used to express extremes of emotion, both positive and negative. You know, the kinds of feelings that might make you scream in horror or joy. 

It’s also a perfect match for positive excitement: feelings like joy, astonishment, and disbelief. Think “I love this so much I could scream!” types of moments.

Of course, face screaming in fear 😱 goes hand in hand with negative excitement, too. Think mild to severe horror.

Then there’s surprise or disbelief. Those “WTF” or “OMG no way!” moments tend to fit somewhere in between positive and negative excitement, and can basically count for both. The face screaming in fear emoji 😱 is up for the job.

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