Fright is a feeling of fear, dread, or terror. You might scream in fright while watching a scary movie or riding a roller coaster.

Some fright is so intense that it makes you jump; other fright is caused by anticipating something vaguely scary, like a trip to the dentist or an encounter with your mean neighbor after your baseball breaks her window. Although it's old fashioned, you can also use fright as a verb, to mean "cause fear." The Old English root of fright is fyrhtu, "fear, dread, trembling, or horrible sight."

Definitions of fright

n an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

fear, fearfulness
bravery, fearlessness
feeling no fear
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alarm, consternation, dismay
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
a feeling of fear and revulsion
chill, frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
intense and profound fear
excessive or uncontrollable fear
affright, panic, terror
an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
panic attack, scare
a sudden attack of fear
stage fright
fear that affects a person about to face an audience
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation
timidity, timidness, timorousness
fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
a panic or extreme discomposure
a feeling of alarm or dread
boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment
a feeling of evil to come
apprehension about what is going to happen
cold feet
timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action
a feeling of fear of embarrassment
diffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt
lack of self-confidence
gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombreness
a feeling of melancholy apprehension
chill, pall
a sudden numbing dread
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any strong feeling

v cause fear in

affright, frighten, scare
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frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
inspire awe in
terrify, terrorise, terrorize
fill with terror; frighten greatly
make timid or fearful
alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action
cow, overawe
subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
hold over
intimidate somebody (with a threat)
ballyrag, boss around, browbeat, bully, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm
be bossy towards
cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
strike with horror or terror
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excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

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