Startling
Startle Star"tle (st[aum]r"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Startled} (st[aum]r"t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Startling} (st[aum]r"tl[i^]ng).] [Freq. of start.] To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start. [1913 Webster]

Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction? --Addison. [1913 Webster]


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