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synonyms for startle

  • agitate
  • alarm
  • amaze
  • astonish
  • astound
  • awe
  • scare
  • shake up
  • shock
  • stagger
  • stun
  • terrify
  • affright
  • bolt
  • consternate
  • floor
  • fright
  • jump
  • rock
  • spook
  • spring
  • start
  • terrorize
  • give a turn
  • make jump
  • scare to death
  • spring something on
  • take aback
See also synonyms for: startled / startling

antonyms for startle

MOST RELEVANT
  • bore
  • calm
  • expect
  • reassure
  • soothe
  • comfort
  • compose
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How to use startle in a sentence

Previously, scientists have reported that hexadecanal reduces stress in mice, while other research has shown that humans release the compound in our feces, skin, and breath, and that it might affect our startle response.
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Not only is this comfortable for your little one, but it suppresses their startle reflexes which encourages them to sleep longer and keeps them warm without the use of loose blankets, which can be dangerous.
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The French women certainly talk with a freedom which would startle an English or American female.
TRAVELS THROUGH THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AND THE INTERIOR OF PROVINCES OF PROVENCE AND LANGUEDOC IN THE YEARS 1807 AND 1808LT-COL. PINKNEY
The striking originality of this idea will startle any one who has never heard of such a thing before.
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"You oughtn't to slip up an' s-startle a lady that-a-way," she said with grave rebuke, and Hale looked humbled.
THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINEJOHN FOX, JR.
While the Constitution lasts, they are repressed; they spring up to annoy and startle us only from its grave.
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But Merriwell feared to startle the old man, and therefore he did not call.
FRANK MERRIWELL'S PURSUITBURT L. STANDISH
He looked as if he had finished with surprise; as if nothing could ever startle him again.
JANE JOURNEYS ONRUTH COMFORT MITCHELL
There's not much danger we'll startle they, with the wind nuth'ard.
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She was standing with her back to him, and Forrester didn't make a sound, not wanting to startle the Goddess.
PAGAN PASSIONSGORDON RANDALL GARRETT
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WORDS RELATED TO STARTLE

  • alarm
  • daunt
  • fright
  • intimidate
  • panic
  • scare
  • spook
  • startle
  • terrify
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