Frightening and Terrible


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

Terrible is a synonym for frightening. In some cases you can use "Terrible" instead an adjective "Frightening". popular alternative
Nearby Words: frighten, frightful, frightened, fright
Synonyms for Frightening


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Terrible adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: a terrible nightmare that woke me up

Frightening is a synonym for terrible. You can use "Frightening" instead the word "Terrible" as an adjective or a noun. popular alternative
Nearby Words: terribly, terrify, terror
Synonyms for Terrible

Things that words describes

person frightening person terrible person
power frightening power terrible power
life frightening life terrible life
people frightening people terrible people
Other nouns: accuracy, reputation, place, situation, monster, weapon, movie, events, powers, creatures, acts, monsters.

Both words in one sentence

  • When asked what his crime was, he begins to talk about doing something terrible with a knife, then realizes that he's frightening Pee-wee, so he claims that he cut the tag off his mattress.
  • Series / Galavant Anti-Climax: The pirates say the reason they are stuck on land is a terrible, frightening tale, just to reveal their ship is stuck on some trees on a nearby hill.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains Various entities in Madeline L'Engle's work are so terrible that simply being in their presence can be quite frightening and very painful to the mind and/or soul.
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