Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fill with fear; alarm.
  • transitive v. To drive or force by arousing fear: The suspect was frightened into confessing.
  • intransitive v. To become afraid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike with fright; terrify; scare; dismay.
  • Synonyms To affright, dismay, daunt, appal, intimidate. See afraid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause fear in
  • v. drive out by frightening

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Examples

  • Toy Industry Needs Import Safety Checklist Safety recalls frighten, repulse consumers, JPMorgan analyst warns.

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  • The Conservative leader, campaigning in Glenrothes ahead of next month's by-election, also attacked Labour for trying to "frighten" Scots away from independence.

    (Mis)Interpreting Cameron

  • You make the mistake of thinking, in your pisspoor posts, that we don; t know jack abotu US or world politics, and that we buy into a paranoid world view where we choose leaders because they 'frighten' other leaders.

    The McCain factor

  • Scarnecchia says they thought the grandmothers might "frighten" Jessica, or perhaps try to run off with her-as the Schmidts suspected the DeBoers might do.

    She's Not Baby Jessica Anymore

  • I'll settle for just saying no because kids kind of frighten me with their unpredictability and uncanny ability to spread disease.

    elfpvke Diary Entry

  • Labour and Plaid know that any approach from the Lib Dems is only about trying to 'frighten' Plaid back into the 'rainbow'.

    Decision Time

  • I see after a little as it was n't no use talkin 'to Elijah so I just had to listen to him an' he really did kind of frighten me in the end.

    Susan Clegg and a Man in the House

  • While seeking to '' frighten '' voters about the scale of the debt, Conservatives failed to mention that growth would automatically cut into the UK's deficit and bolster investor confidence, said Mr Brown.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • While seeking to "frighten" voters about the scale of the debt, Conservatives failed to mention that growth would automatically cut into the UK's deficit and bolster investor confidence, said Mr Brown.

    Mirror.co.uk - News

  • One of the letters, organised by crossbench peer Lord Skidelsky, accused the authors of The Sunday Times letter of trying to "frighten" the public over the scale of the deficit.

    Letters From A Tory

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