Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRIGHTENINGLY

Surprisingly, frighteningly light they were, as if filled with cotton.

He was walking in that frighteningly slow, measured way toward the village.

The backward vista down the years is too frighteningly long.

And instantly he remembered that Jill was very near the place where frighteningly impossible things were happening.

The staff broke into a frighteningly off-key rendition of "Happy Birthday to You."

A brace of truculent beasts of frighteningly saurian mien shuffled ponderously along in the loose harness.

And yet she was frighteningly self-willed, and full of life, and determined to enjoy it.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, from fright + -en (1). Related: Frightened; frightening. The earlier verb was simply fright (Old English fyrhtan) "to frighten."

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.