1715–25; frighten + -ed2

frightenedly, adverb
unfrightened, adjective
well-frightened, adjective

2. See afraid. Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare.
to drive (usually followed by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof.
verb (used without object)
to become frightened: a timid child who frightens easily.

1660–70; fright + -en1

frightenable, adjective
frightener, noun
frighteningly, adverb
nonfrightening, adjective
nonfrighteningly, adverb
overfrighten, verb
unfrightening, adjective

1. shock, startle, dismay, intimidate. Frighten, alarm, scare, terrify, terrorize, appall all mean to arouse fear in people or animals. To frighten is to shock with sudden, startling, but usually short-lived fear, especially that arising from the apprehension of physical harm: to frighten someone by a sudden noise. To alarm is to arouse the feelings through the realization of some imminent or unexpected danger: to alarm someone by a scream. To scare is to frighten, often without the presence of real danger: Horror movies really scare me. To terrify is to strike with violent, overwhelming, or paralyzing fear: to terrify a city by lawless acts. To terrorize is to terrify in a general, continued, systematic manner, either wantonly or in order to gain control: His marauding armies terrorized the countryside. To appall is to overcome or confound by dread, dismay, shock, or horror: The suffering caused by the earthquake appalled him. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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frighten (ˈfraɪtən)
1.  to cause fear in; terrify; scare
2.  to drive or force to go (away, off, out, in, etc) by making afraid

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from fright + -en (1). Related: Frightened; frightening.
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Example sentences
Cats will also pant when they are frightened or scared.
Most of the dangers that frightened financial markets during the year have
  failed to materialise.
It's our natural inclination to try and make a frightened dog feel safe.
At first the dog seemed frightened of the city's noise, and he thought he'd
  made a mistake in accepting her.
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