Definition of Scare

1. Noun. Sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events. "A bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"

Exact synonyms: Panic
Generic synonyms: Anxiety, Anxiousness
Specialized synonyms: Red Scare
Derivative terms: Panic, Scarey

2. Verb. Cause fear in. "The bad news will scare him"; "Ghosts could never affright her"

3. Noun. A sudden attack of fear.
Exact synonyms: Panic Attack
Generic synonyms: Fear, Fearfulness, Fright
Derivative terms: Scarey

4. Verb. Cause to lose courage. "The bad news will scare him"; "Dashed by the refusal"
Exact synonyms: Dash, Daunt, Frighten Away, Frighten Off, Pall, Scare Away, Scare Off
Generic synonyms: Intimidate, Restrain
Derivative terms: Pall

Definition of Scare

1. v. t. To frighten; to strike with sudden fear; to alarm.

2. n. Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake.

Definition of Scare

1. Noun. A minor fright ¹

2. Noun. A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread. ¹

3. Verb. To frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way. ¹

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Definition of Scare

1. to frighten [v SCARED, SCARING, SCARES] - See also: frighten

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scare

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Literary usage of Scare

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1864)
"scare rides a horse in his " own countrie,"1 And a high horse rides King scare, ... This monarch scare is imperious quite, lie can always run from—safe ..."

2. Our New West: Records of Travel Between the Mississippi River and the by Samuel Bowles (1869)
"Our Experiences with Indian Wars—A Terrible " scare " in the Mountains—A Night in Camp with Indian Expectations—The Indian Question Generally, Past, ..."

3. Our New West: Records of Travel Between the Mississippi River and the by Samuel Bowles (1869)
"Our Experiences with Indian Wars — A Terrible " scare" in the Mountains — A Night ... The experience of an Indian scare, — that 'finish to all border life, ..."

4. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"The Passing Bell is the hallowed bell which used to be rung when persons were in extremis, to scare away evil spirits which were supposed to lurk about the ..."

5. Contemporary France by Gabriel Hanotaux (1907)
"CHAPTER IV THE BUFFET CABINET AND THE 1875 scare I. Parliamentary inquiry into ... The 1875 scare.—Germany and Europe._German Press Campaign against France. ..."

6. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"My Ladye reads you swith return; And, if but one poor straw you burn, Or do our towers so much molest As scare one swallow from her nest, 380 Saint Mary ..."

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