frighten

Definitions

  • The Frightened Lion
    The Frightened Lion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frighten cause fear in "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me","Ghosts could never affright her"
    • v frighten drive out by frightening
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground
"Willie is more frightened than the dog." "Willie is more frightened than the dog."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Octopi change colours when they become frightened. Normally they are a brownish colour, but can change to green or blue when fear sets in
    • v. t Frighten To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify. "More frightened than hurt."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jaguars are frightened by dogs
    • frighten To strike with fright; terrify; scare; dismay.
    • frighten Synonyms To affright, dismay, daunt, appal, intimidate. See afraid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits do in fact make sounds. When angry, upset, or frightened, a rabbit makes a sort of grunting/whimpering sound. It's actually quite interesting.
    • vs.t Frighten to make afraid: to alarm
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Quotations

  • Doris Day
    Doris Day
    “The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it!”
  • Lyman L. Bryson
    Lyman L. Bryson
    “We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.”
  • Robert S. Surtees
    Robert S. Surtees
    “It is better to be killed than frightened to death.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “Death doesn't frighten me.”
  • George Macdonald
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    “How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The eye is easily frightened.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Fright (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fyrhto; cf. Ger. furcht, fear.

Usage

In literature:

The frightened children try to escape, but the fairy raises her staff and by a magic charm keeps them spellbound.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
You made a spectacle of my yacht, splashing it around like a frightened duck.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Even if they cannot use them, it will frighten the Yankees, who are in a state of constant alarm about them.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
What is the good of frightening ourselves all for nothing?
"Queensland Cousins" by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
But he frightened Danny still more and made old Granny Fox lose her temper.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
A heart-rending scream caused the frightened mother to leave the shop and run out into the yard.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Of course, she was very much frightened: and no wonder.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
Marishka, a little bewildered and frightened, advanced uncertainly, her eyes dazzled by the brilliant sunlight which streamed in at the south.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Aimee was frightened now.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I admit he's frightening, but that much?
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
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In poetry:

I replied, though I was frightened,
"It was my father dear
I was calling for across the sea--
I think he didn't hear."
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
A simple frightened loveliness,
Whose sacred spirit-part
Shrank timidly from worldly stress,
And nestled in your heart.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
In Lauretta's eyes and--true!
Found them yours.--You shook your head,
Laughing at me, as you said,
"Did I frighten you?"
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
A north-west wind had lately lash'd
The waves to fury wild,
But now they fast were sinking down,
Like tam'd and frighten'd child.
"The Fisherman's Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
"And she was such a gentle thing
To birth a baby in the cold.
The barn was dark and frightening-
This new one's better than the old.
"The Maid-Servant At The Inn" by Dorothy Parker
The wild winds mutter, howl, and moan,
To scare my woodland walk,
And frightened fancy flees, to roam
Where ghosts and goblins stalk.
"Autumn" by Mary Baker Eddy

In news:

View full size Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News A tornado, as seen from Flatbush Avenue, touched down briefly in Queens and Brooklyn this morning, damaging property and frightening beachgoers and area residents.
Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images).
He said the faces in the window frightened him.
Halloween is approaching, which has parents frightened of what all that sugar can do to their kids' teeth.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's is a frightening thing and something most of us hope we will never hear.
Primera woman frightened following disturbing phone scam.
Make Halloween fun with frighteningly easy food and decor treats.
The frightened woman listened to the call with officers at police headquarters in Escondido.
Alfonso Martin, as Dracula , and Sofia Menteguiaga, playing his bride, will frighten audiences in the upcoming ballet titled " Dracula ".
How vets and pet owners can make veterinary visits less frightening.
"Willie's actions were of a frightened 17 year old," Vedros said Wednesday in opening statements.
In fact, it was downright frightening.
Witnessing someone having a seizure can be frightening – especially if you don't know what to do.
The recent elections have clarified certain frightening aspects in today's American society.
Confronting a new diagnosis can be frightening, and because research changes so often, confusing.
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In science:

At the moment we address Euclidean quantum gravity in dimensions higher than two a frightening number of basic questions appear.
Quantization of Geometry
The rare K decays are frighteningly difficult to detect.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
However, the large Rayleigh scattering rate per unit of power for the 40K87Rb mixture is less frightening since this mixture has also a critical power ratio smaller by one order of magnitude with respect to the other ones, if equal waists are assumed.
Ultracold atomic Fermi-Bose mixtures in bichromatic optical dipole traps: a novel route to study fermion superfluidity
If you would like some reason to be a bit frightened by this, we warn you that the same group appears to have been right about being able to rule out certain kinds of space-time foam with interferometer observations of distant sources (Christiansen et al. 2006; Pearlman 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The second thing, though, is that the intervals are frighteningly wide—zi ± 2.77, about √2 longer than the usual individual 95% intervals zi ± 1.96— and poorly centered, particularly at the left where all the µi ’s fall in their intervals’ upper halves.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
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