Definitions

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  • adjective Causing fear; of capable of causing fear; scary.
  • adjective figuratively Awful, terrible, very bad.
  • verb Present participle of frighten.

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

  • noun the act of inspiring with fear
  • adjective causing fear or dread or terror

Etymologies

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frighten +‎ -ing.

Examples

  • What makes Palin frightening is that there are people who actually buy into her scare tactics and fear mongering.

    Begala calls Palin 'about half a whack job'

  • Now, as she vows to appeal, the domestic diva says she's ready to face another episode in what she calls a frightening dream.

    CNN Transcript Jul 17, 2004

  • After what he describes as a frightening, involuntary hospital stay, he was suspended from the force.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • After what he describes as a frightening, involuntary hospital stay, he was suspended from the force.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • After what he describes as a frightening, involuntary hospital stay, he was suspended from the force.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • After what he describes as a frightening, involuntary hospital stay, he was suspended from the force.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • After what he describes as a frightening, involuntary hospital stay, he was suspended from the force.

    The Seattle Times

  • Joan Finch went to the Morro Bay police that day and received a protective order because her husband had access to a gun and had written her what she described as a frightening letter.

    Home

  • Joan Finch went to the Morro Bay police that day and received a protective order because her husband had access to a gun and had written her what she described as a frightening letter.

    Home

  • What I find really frightening is the level and intensity of the hatred that is being directed at President Obama.

    Afternoon Buzz: Is Carter right about racism?

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