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Definition of frighten:

  1. To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify.

Synonyms:

appall, affright, pall, entice, scare off, deter, frighten away, demoralize, faze, perturb, encourage, fascinate, awe, scare the daylights out of, badger, discomfort, daunt, dash, fright, terrorize, discourage, scare, hearten, fear, dishearten, scarify, inveigle, repel, stampede, scare away, dispirit, stave off, spook, disquiet, cow, frighten off, abash, appal.

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