Awful and Frightening


Show Definitions
Awful adjective – Extremely disturbing or repellent.
Usage example: spare me the awful details of the murder

Frightening is a synonym for awful. In some cases you can use "Frightening" instead an adjective "Awful".
Nearby Word: awfully
Synonyms for Awful


Show Definitions
Frightening adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: a truly frightening movie

Awful is a synonym for frightening in eerie topic. You can use "Awful" instead an adjective "Frightening".
Nearby Words: frighten, frightful, frightened, fright
Synonyms for Frightening

Things that words describes

person awful person frightening person
woman awful woman frightening woman
people awful people frightening people
part awful part frightening part
Other nouns: sound, amount, situation, moment, movie, events, acts, truths, situations.

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / King Kong (2005) It just makes the place even more awful and frightening.
  • Series / Orange Is the New Black It's possible to get high off of nutmeg in real life, but consuming enough to do so is extremely difficult (plus nutmeg tastes pretty awful) and it often causes one to have VERY frightening hallucinations, nothing like any of the ones the inmates have.
  • Since the story starts with the characters as adults and then follows their recollection of their childhood together, some of the most awful, frightening things in the book come from the perspective of only having context for horrible things after you've outgrown childhood innocence.
Cite this Source
Frightening and Awful. (2016). Retrieved 2020, October 24, from
Awful & Frightening. N.p., 2016. Web. 24 Oct. 2020. <>.
Frightening or Awful. 2016. Accessed October 24, 2020.

Synonyms for awful
Share this picture

Synonyms for frightening
Share this picture

Google Ngram Viewer shows how "awful" and "frightening" have occurred on timeline: