frighten [frīt′'n]
1. to cause to feel fright; make suddenly afraid; scare; terrify
2. to force (away, out, or off) or bring ( into a specified condition) by making afraid [to frighten someone into confessing]
to become suddenly afraid
SYN.- FRIGHTEN is the broadest of these terms and implies, usually, a sudden, temporary feeling of fear [frightened by a mouse ] but sometimes, a state of continued dread [she's frightened when she's alone ]; SCARE, often equivalent to FRIGHTEN, in stricter use implies a fear that causes one to flee or to stop doing something [I scared him from the room ]; ALARM suggests a sudden fear or apprehension at the realization of an approaching danger [alarmed by his warning ]; to TERRIFY is to cause to feel an overwhelming, often paralyzing fear [terrified at the thought of war ]; TERRORIZE implies deliberate intention to terrify by threat or intimidation [the gangsters terrorized the city ]

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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