Frightening
Frighten Fright"en, v. t. [imp. {Frightened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frightening}.] [See {Fright}, v. t.] To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify. [1913 Webster]

More frightened than hurt. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]


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  • frightening — fright|en|ing [ fraıtnıŋ ] adjective * making you feel afraid: It was supposed to be a horror film but it wasn t very frightening. a. used about things that make you feel nervous or worried: It s frightening that someone like Adolf Hitler could… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • frightening */ — UK [ˈfraɪt(ə)nɪŋ] / US adjective a) making you feel afraid It was supposed to be a horror film but it wasn t very frightening. b) used about things that make you feel nervous or worried It s frightening that someone like Adolf Hitler could come… …   English dictionary

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