1. frightening

adjective. ['ˈfraɪtənɪŋ, ˈfraɪtnɪŋ'] causing fear or dread or terror.


  • dreadful
  • fearsome
  • terrible
  • dreaded
  • direful
  • fearful
  • dread
  • alarming
  • dire
  • horrific
  • awful


  • good
  • pleasant
  • ordinary
  • mild


  • -ing (English)
  • -ing (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • frighten (English)

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Rhymes with Frightening

  • enlightening
  • whitening
  • brightening
  • tightening
  • lightning
  • heightening

Sentences with frightening

1. Verb, gerund or present participle
The thought of your dog taking a nasty tumble down the stairs is frightening.

2. Noun, singular or mass
While students often worry about class or presentations, teaching can be intimidating, stressful or even frightening.

3. Adjective
Of course, the fact that it was an accident doesn't make it any less frightening or painful.

Quotes about frightening

1. We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
- May Sarton

2. So you were going to rescue the Prince! Why did you pretend to run away? To deceive the Witch?""Not likely! I'm a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I'm not doing it!
- Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle

3. These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy...walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, 'Business as usual.' But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.
- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

2. frightening

noun. ['ˈfraɪtənɪŋ, ˈfraɪtnɪŋ'] the act of inspiring with fear.


  • intimidation
  • terrorization
  • bullying


  • brave
  • unafraid
  • noble
  • bold


  • -ing (English)
  • -ing (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • frighten (English)