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Definition 1: a sudden attack of fear - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for scare in the sense of this definition

(scare is a kind of ...) an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

Definition 2: sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events - [noun denoting state]

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

  • panic in the stock market
  • a war scare
  • a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building

Synonyms for scare in the sense of this definition

(scare is a kind of ...) (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic

(... is a kind of scare ) a period of general fear of communists

Definition 3: cause fear in - [verb of emotion]

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

  • The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me
  • Ghosts could never affright her

Synonyms for scare in the sense of this definition

(scare is a kind of ...) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

"These stories shook the community" "the civil war shook the country"

(... is a kind of scare ) frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is

(... is a kind of scare ) inspire awe in

"The famous professor awed the undergraduates"

(... is a kind of scare ) fill with terror; frighten greatly

(... is a kind of scare ) make timid or fearful

"Her boss intimidates her"

(... is a kind of scare ) fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

"I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview" "The news of the executions horrified us"

(... is a kind of scare ) fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion

"After the terrorist attack, people look consternated"

(... is a kind of scare ) frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action

"The noise spooked the horse"

(scare causes ...) be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

"I fear the winters in Moscow" "We should not fear the Communists!"

Definition 4: cause to lose courage - [verb of emotion]

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

  • dashed by the refusal

Synonyms for scare in the sense of this definition

(scare is a kind of ...) to compel or deter by or as if by threats

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