Frightening and Hideous


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

Hideous and frightening are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Hideous" instead an adjective "Frightening".
Nearby Words: frighten, frightful, frightened, fright
Synonyms for Frightening


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Hideous adjective – Extremely disturbing or repellent.
Usage example: a hideous crime that could not be fully described in the newspapers

Frightening and hideous are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Frightening" instead an adjective "Hideous".
Nearby Words: hide, hideously
Synonyms for Hideous

Things that words describes

character frightening character hideous character
woman frightening woman hideous woman
people frightening people hideous people
sound frightening sound hideous sound
Other nouns: creature, appearance, form, monster, version, powers, creatures, amounts, masks, monsters.

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / The Silmarillion Rage Helm: The Dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost were known for wearing hideous and frightening masks in combat.
  • Informed Deformity Mandy is frequently mistaken for a boy and has been called hideous by numerous people, even though she looks no more frightening than any other character.
  • Screamer Prank But when approached, she will turn around and reveal her actually hideous self while this ten second frightening tune plays.
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