fright

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
  1. noun
    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
    synonyms: fear, fearfulness
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    Antonyms:
    bravery, fearlessness
    feeling no fear
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    alarm, consternation, dismay
    fear resulting from the awareness of danger
    creeps
    a feeling of fear and revulsion
    chill, frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    horror
    intense and profound fear
    hysteria
    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
    intimidation
    the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
    swivet
    a panic or extreme discomposure
    trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment
    a feeling of evil to come
    suspense
    apprehension about what is going to happen
    cold feet
    timidity that prevents the continuation of a course of action
    shyness
    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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    emotion
    any strong feeling
  2. verb
    cause fear in
    synonyms: affright, frighten, scare
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    bluff
    frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one really is
    awe
    inspire awe in
    terrify, terrorise, terrorize
    fill with terror; frighten greatly
    intimidate
    make timid or fearful
    alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    consternate
    fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion
    spook
    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
    panic
    cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
    shock
    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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