Another word for frighten
frighten scare alarm terrify terrorize startle panicSearch Thesaurus
These verbs mean to cause a person to experience fear. Frighten and the less formal scare are the most widely applicable: “The Count's mysterious warning frightened me at the time” (Bram Stoker). The angry dog scared the small child. Alarm implies the often sudden onset of apprehension: Her sudden weight loss alarmed her doctor. Terrify implies overwhelming, often paralyzing fear: “It is the coming of death that terrifies me” (Oscar Wilde). Terrorize implies intimidation and sometimes suggests deliberate coercion: “The decent citizen was terrorized into paying public blackmail” (Arthur Conan Doyle). Startle suggests a momentary shock that may cause a sudden, involuntary movement of the body: The clap of thunder startled us. Panic implies sudden frantic fear that often impairs self-control and rationality: The realistic radio drama panicked the listeners who tuned in after it had begun.
Another word for frightenverb
To fill with fear:affright, alarm, panic, scare, scarify2, startle, terrify, terrorize. (Archaic) fright. Idioms: make one's blood run cold, make one's hair stand on end, scare silly (or stiff), scare the daylights out of. See fear