(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To strike with fear]
Syn. scare, alarm, terrify, daunt, dismay, cow, terrorize, shock, startle, dishearten, abash, dispirit, throw into a fright, raise apprehension, intimidate, deter, threaten, prey on the mind, badger, petrify, panic, demoralize, give cause for alarm, put in fear, give one a fright, horrify, appall, awe, perturb, disturb, disquiet, faze, discomfort, unnerve, harrow, unman, confound with dread, strike terror into, affright, spook*, frighten out of one's wits*, take one's breath away*, chill to the bone*, make one's hair stand on end*, make one's blood run cold*, make one's flesh creep*, put one's heart in one's mouth*, give one a turn*, scare one stiff*, freeze the blood*, curdle the blood*, scare the daylights out of*.
Ant. encourage*, hearten, reassure.
2. [To drive off, because of alarm]
Syn. scare off, scare away, intimidate, discourage, repel, stave off, frighten away, stampede, put to flight, deter, browbeat, bulldoze*.
Ant. fascinate*, inveigle, entice.
Syn.- frighten is the broadest of these terms and implies, usually, a sudden, temporary feeling of fear [frightened by a mouse ] but sometimes, a state of continued dread [ she's frightened when she's alone ] ; scare , often equivalent to frighten , often implies a fear that causes one to flee or to stop doing something [ I scared him from the room ] ; alarm suggests a sudden fear or apprehension at the realization of an approaching danger [alarmed by his warning ] ; to terrify is to cause to feel an overwhelming, often paralyzing fear [terrified at the thought of war ] ; terrorize implies deliberate intention to terrify by threat or intimidation [ the gangsters terrorized the city ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
scare, terrify, panic, shock, fill with dread, petrify, awe, *adrenalize, horrify, unnerve, *send chills down spine, spook, alarm, startle, intimidate, *curdle one's blood, *paralyze.
ANT.: encourage, embolden, reassure
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To fill with fear: affright, alarm, panic, scare, scarify2, startle, terrify, terrorize. Archaic: fright. Idioms: make one's blood run cold, make one's hair stand on end, scare silly (or stiff), scare the daylights out of. See FEAR.

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