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NOUN (2)

1. sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events;
- Example: "panic in the stock market"
- Example: "a war scare"
- Example: "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"
[syn: panic, scare]

2. a sudden attack of fear;
[syn: scare, panic attack]


VERB (2)

1. cause fear in;
- Example: "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"
- Example: "Ghosts could never affright her"
[syn: frighten, fright, scare, affright]

2. cause to lose courage;
- Example: "dashed by the refusal"
[syn: daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scare]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scare \Scare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scared; p. pr. & vb. n. Scaring.] [OE. skerren, skeren, Icel. skirra to bar, prevent, skirrask to shun, shrink from; or fr. OE. skerre, adj., scared, Icel. skjarr; both perhaps akin to E. sheer to turn.] To frighten; to strike with sudden fear; to alarm. [1913 Webster] The noise of thy crossbow Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To scare away, to drive away by frightening. To scare up, to find by search, as if by beating for game. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Syn: To alarm; frighten; startle; affright; terrify. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scare \Scare\, n. Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

scare n 1: sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events; "panic in the stock market"; "a war scare"; "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building" [syn: panic, scare] 2: a sudden attack of fear [syn: scare, panic attack] v 1: cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her" [syn: frighten, fright, scare, affright] 2: cause to lose courage; "dashed by the refusal" [syn: daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scare]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "scare": abject fear, affright, alarm, awe, blue funk, bluff off, collect, come by, consternation, cow, cowardice, curdle the blood, daunt, dig up, dismay, disquiet, dread, fear, find, freeze, fright, frighten, frighten off, funk, gather, get, horrification, horrify, horripilate, horror, intimidate, make one tremble, menace, panic, panic fear, paralyze, petrify, phobia, put to flight, raise, raise apprehensions, scare away, scare up, scrape together, scrape up, shake, shake up, shock, spook, stagger, stampede, start, startle, strike terror into, surprise, terrify, terror, terrorize, threaten, unholy dread, unman, unnerve, unstring