Adjective "frightening" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Making someone afraid or anxious; terrifying.
  1. 'A shouted threat would have been less frightening than the amused satisfaction in his tone.'
  2. 'It's a frightening situation and it's gotten to the point where I dread turning the news on.'
  3. 'But it is a strange and somewhat frightening thing when you are in the middle of it.'


1. to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare.

2. to drive (usually followed by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof. verb (used without object)

3. to become frightened: a timid child who frightens easily.

More examples(as adjective)

"spites can be frightening in children."

"people can be frightening at times."

"motorways can be frightening to people."

"losses can be frightening in implications."

"lists can be frightening to consumers."

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