AskDefine | Define frightening

Dictionary Definition

frightening adj : causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, horrendous, horrific, terrible] n : to inspire with fear [syn: terrorization, terrorisation]

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English

Etymology

frighten + -ing

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. causing fear; of capable of causing fear; scary
    The frightening scientist lived in an old shack.
  2. awful

Translations

scary
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