Frightening and Scary


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

Scary is a synonym for frightening in terrifying topic. In some cases you can use "Scary" instead an adjective "Frightening". informal substitute
Nearby Words: frighten, frightful, frightened, fright
Synonyms for Frightening


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Scary adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: a scary movie that gave the child nightmares for weeks afterwards

Frightening is a synonym for scary. You can use "Frightening" instead the word "Scary" as an adjective or a noun. popular alternative
Nearby Words: scare, scar, scared, scaring
Synonyms for Scary

Things that words describes

character frightening character scary character
woman frightening woman scary woman
people frightening people scary people
part frightening part scary part
Other nouns: reputation, appearance, amount, place, scene, effect, moment, example, characters, story, monster, version, movie, armor, powers, creatures, scenes, masks, monsters, moments.

Both words in one sentence

  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? Nothing in the comic is any darker than some Disney Animated Canon films like Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid, but some of the imagery and tones are rather scary and frightening for younger readers.
  • Western Animation / The Flight Before Christmas Though their leader, Boss, tries to be scary and frightening, and they hold a grudge against the Flying Forces for forcing them out of the skies, they are all seriously lacking in the bad guy department.
  • Faux Horrific It's only scary if you think the Cut and Paste Translation of 4Kids Entertainment are frightening instead of silly.
    Source: Faux Horrific
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