Definition of frightening in English:


Line breaks: fright¦en|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌɪt(ə)nɪŋ
, ˈfrʌɪtnɪŋ/


  • Making someone afraid or anxious; terrifying: a frightening experience
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    • It's going to be a very new experience for us, and it could be a frightening one, too.
    • It's a frightening situation and it's gotten to the point where I dread turning the news on.
    • But it is a strange and somewhat frightening thing when you are in the middle of it.



[as submodifier]: the standard air fare proved to be frighteningly expensive
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  • The security problems are not only frightening; they are frighteningly expensive.
  • However, our hosts, Bingham aside, were frighteningly incompetent.
  • In 1967, for example, the restrictions were relaxed too soon and the epidemic flared up frighteningly again.

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