To intimidate; to daunt the spirits or courage of. Found primarily in the passive voice.
implies deliberate intention to terrify by threat or intimidation the gangsters terrorized the city
is to cause to feel an overwhelming, often paralyzing fear terrified at the thought of war
suggests a sudden fear or apprehension at the realization of an approaching danger alarmed by his warning
, often equivalent to
, often implies a fear that causes one to flee or to stop doing something I scared him from the room
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
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Maybe a little noise would frighten the animal away.
That's a thing to frighten me with!
For a moment she lay still, afraid any movement would frighten him away like a wild cat in the daylight.
Some cuckoos are singular for their habit of using the nests of smaller birds to lay their eggs in, so that the young may be reared by foster-parents; and it has been suggested that the object of the likeness exhibited to the hawk is to enable the cock cuckoo either to frighten the small birds away from their nests or to lure them in pursuit of him, while the hen bird quietly and without molestation disposes of her egg.