English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'scary'

(adjective) 
Definition
quite frightening
(informal)  I think prison is going to be a scary thing for Harry.
Synonyms
frightening
The number of youngsters involved in crime is frightening.
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alarming
The disease has spread at an alarming rate.
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terrifying
one of the most terrifying diseases known to man
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chilling
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horrifying
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intimidating
He was a huge, intimidating figure.
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horrendous
The violence used was horrendous.
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hairy (slang)
His driving was a bit hairy.
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spooky (informal)
The whole place had a slightly spooky atmosphere.
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creepy (informal)
This place is really creepy at night.
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hair-raising
hair-raising rides at funfairs
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spine-chilling
There was a spine-chilling scream.
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bloodcurdling

Additional synonyms

in the sense of alarming
The disease has spread at an alarming rate.
in the sense of creepy
Definition
causing a feeling of fear or disgust
This place is really creepy at night.
in the sense of hair-raising
Definition
very frightening or exciting
hair-raising rides at funfairs
Synonyms
horrifying,
scary (informal),
creepy (informal),
petrifying,
bloodcurdling

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