Frightening and Shocking


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

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


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Shocking adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: the shocking appearance of a shark just a few yards off shore

Frightening is a synonym for shocking. Sometimes you can use "Frightening" instead an adjective "Shocking".
Nearby Words: shock, shocked, shockingly, shocker
Synonyms for Shocking

Things that words describes

experience frightening experience shocking experience
manner frightening manner shocking manner
power frightening power shocking power
people frightening people shocking people
Other nouns: part, ease, nature, appearance, amount, number, scene, degree, effect, speed, example, level, story, regularity, realization, imagery, events, examples, images, scenes, moments.

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / Kids Crapsack World: This cynical movie shows teenage life as dangerous, frightening, shocking and doomed.
    Source: Film / Kids
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