Frightful and Frightening


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Frightful adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: a frightful sound emanated from somewhere deep within the forest

Frightening is a synonym for frightful. In some cases you can use "Frightening" instead the word "Frightful" as an adjective or a noun.
Nearby Words: frightening, frightened, fright, frightfully, frighted
Synonyms for Frightful


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

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

Things that words describes

capacity frightful capacity frightening capacity
power frightful power frightening power
reputation frightful reputation frightening reputation
vision frightful vision frightening vision
Other nouns: appearance, form, moment, speed.
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