bloodcurdling
bloodcurdling lood"curd*ling adj. causing sudden intense fear due to an apprehension of imminent bodily harm, to oneself or others. Awakened by a bloodcurdling scream from right outside her window

Syn: hair-raising, nightmarish. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bloodcurdling — [blud′kʉrd΄liŋ] adj. frightening; terrifying …   English World dictionary

  • bloodcurdling — blood|cur|dling [ blʌd,kɜrdlıŋ ] adjective making you feel very frightened: a bloodcurdling scream a bloodcurdling tale …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bloodcurdling — UK [ˈblʌdˌkɜː(r)d(ə)lɪŋ] / US [ˈblʌdˌkɜrdlɪŋ] adjective making you feel very frightened She let out a bloodcurdling scream. a bloodcurdling tale …   English dictionary

  • bloodcurdling — adjective Date: 1826 arousing fright or horror < bloodcurdling screams > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bloodcurdling — bloodcurdlingly, adv. /blud kerrd ling, kerr dl ing/, adj. arousing terror; horrifying: a bloodcurdling scream. [1930 35; BLOOD + CURDLE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • bloodcurdling — blood|cur|dling [ˈblʌdˌkə:dlıŋ US ə:r ] adj extremely frightening ▪ a bloodcurdling scream …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bloodcurdling — adjective extremely frightening: a bloodcurdling shriek …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bloodcurdling — adjective Causing great horror or terror …   Wiktionary

  • bloodcurdling — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. terrifying, horrifying, frightening, bone chilling, spine chilling, hair raising. ANT.: reassuring, emboldening II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Causing great horror: hair raising, horrible, horrid, horrific,… …   English dictionary for students

  • bloodcurdling — see blood curdling …   English dictionary

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