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Definition 1: the act of inspiring with fear - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for frightening in the sense of this definition

(frightening is a kind of ...) the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something

(frightening belongs to category ...) the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear

Definition 2: causing fear or dread or terror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where frightening or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for frightening in the sense of this definition

(frightening is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

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