Definition of Frightening

1. Noun. The act of inspiring with fear.

Exact synonyms: Terrorisation, Terrorization
Category relationships: Act Of Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorist Act
Generic synonyms: Bullying, Intimidation
Derivative terms: Frighten, Terrorise, Terrorize



2. Adjective. Causing fear or dread or terror. "A terrible curse"

Definition of Frightening

1. Adjective. causing fear; of capable of causing fear; scary ¹

2. Adjective. awful ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of frighten) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Frightening

1. frighten [v] - See also: frighten

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Frightening

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friggin
friggings
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fright
fright reaction
frighted
frighten
frighten away
frighten off
frightened
frightener
frighteners
frightening (current term)
frighteningly
frightens
frightful
frightfull
frightfuller
frightfully
frightfulness
frightfulnesses
frightihead
frighting
frightless
frightment
frights
frightsome

Literary usage of Frightening

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1. A Treatise on the Law of Negligence by Thomas Gaskell Shearman, Amasa Angell Redfield, Robert Gould Street (1913)
"Street cars frightening animals. — That street car companies have a right to the use of their tracks for running their cars necessarily implies that they ..."

2. The American and English Railroad Cases: A Collection of All Cases Affecting by Frank Cyrus Smith, Thomas Johnson Michie, United States Courts, Great Britain Courts, Canada Courts (1898)
"frightening Horses—Blowing Whistle.—See exhaustive note on frightening Horses, 5 Am. & Eng. R. Cas., NS 291. A railway company is not liable for injuries ..."

3. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"... I hardly knew why— hesitated from dread of frightening and distressing her—called, at last, tut not loudly enough to attract the driver's attention. ..."

4. The American and English Railroad Cases: A Collection of All Cases in the by Lawrence Lewis, Adelbert Hamilton, John Houston Merrill, William Mark McKinney, James Manford Kerr, John Crawford Thomson (1890)
"frightening Horses. Driver being compelled to wait on account of freight train ... frightening Horse. When company permits cars to obstruct crossing more ..."

5. Rights, Remedies, and Practice, at Law, in Equity, and Under the Codes: A by John Davison Lawson (1890)
"Objects frightening Horses.—A person who negligently or unlawfully places or leaves in the highway an object which, from its appearance, ..."

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