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To make someone afraid or frightened - thesaurus

Synonyms

frighten

verb

to make someone feel afraid, especially suddenly

alarm

verb

to make someone frightened or worried that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen

scare

verb

to make someone feel frightened or worried

terrify

verb

to make someone very frightened

panic

verb

to make someone feel great fear or worry so that they cannot think clearly or decide what to do

chill

verb

to make someone feel extremely frightened or worried

shake up

to upset or frighten someone by shocking or surprising them

intimidate

verb

to deliberately make someone feel frightened, especially so that they will do what you want

startle

verb

to make a person or animal feel suddenly frightened or surprised by doing something that they do not expect

frighten/scare the wits out of someone

to make someone feel extremely frightened

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bother

verb

to frighten someone, for example by following them around or trying to talk to them

bully

verb

to frighten or hurt someone who is smaller or weaker than you

cow

verb

to make someone do what you want by frightening them

curl your hair/make your hair curl

to make you feel very upset or frightened

disturb

verb

to frighten wild animals or birds so that they run away

freak

verb

informal if you are freaked out or if something freaks you out, you become so angry, surprised, excited, or frightened that you cannot control yourself

frighten

verb

to persuade someone to do or not do something by making them feel afraid

frighten away/off

to make a person or animal so afraid that they run away

frighten/scare/beat/kick the hell out of someone

to frighten or hurt someone very badly

frighten the life out of someone/frighten someone to death

to make someone feel extremely afraid or nervous

gang up on

to join together in a group to hurt, frighten, or fight someone

give someone the creeps

to make someone feel nervous or frightened

give someone the fright of their life

to make someone suddenly feel extremely afraid

give someone the shivers

to make someone feel very frightened or disgusted

intimidate

verb

to frighten someone or make them feel nervous

make someone’s blood run/turn/go cold

to make someone feel suddenly very frightened or worried

make someone’s flesh crawl/creep

to make someone feel afraid or disgusted

make someone’s hair stand on end

to make someone feel very frightened

make someone’s skin/flesh crawl

to give you a very unpleasant and slightly frightened feeling

make your blood curdle

to shock or frighten you very much

paralyze

verb

to make someone temporarily unable to think, or move, especially by frightening them

petrify

verb

to frighten someone so much that they cannot move or decide what to do

put someone to flight

to make someone run away or try to escape

put the fear of God into someone

to make someone feel very frightened

rock

verb

mainly journalism to shock, surprise, or frighten someone

scare away

to make someone feel so frightened or worried that they do not do something that they had planned to do

scare away

to make someone so frightened that they run away

scare/frighten the (living) daylights out of someone

informal to make someone suddenly feel very frightened

scare into

to make someone feel so worried or frightened that they do something

scare someone witless

to make someone feel very frightened

send shivers (up and) down your spine

to make you feel suddenly frightened or excited

send shivers up/down someone’s spine

to make someone feel very frightened or excited

shake

verb

to frighten someone, or to cause them to feel strong emotions

sow fear/doubt/confusion etc.

to make people feel afraid, doubtful, confused, etc.

spook

verb

informal to make someone suddenly feel frightened or nervous

stab

verb

if someone’s words stab you, they make you feel suddenly very sad or afraid

strike fear/terror into /someone/someone’s heart

to produce feelings of fear in someone

terrorise

a British spelling of terrorize

terrorize

verb

to frighten people by threatening them or by using violence

traumatise

a British spelling of traumatize

traumatize

verb

to make someone feel very upset, afraid, or shocked

unnerve

verb

to make someone nervous or frightened

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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