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 for frightening
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Frighten \Fright"en\, v. t. [imp. Frightened; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Frightening.] [See Fright, v. t.]
     To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or
     fright; to affright; to terrify.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           More frightened than hurt.               --Old Proverb.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  frightening
      adj 1: causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an
             awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so
             direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of
             the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease
             it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling";
             "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible
             curse" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a),
             dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome,
             frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]
      n 1: the act of inspiring with fear [syn: terrorization,
           terrorisation, frightening]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "frightening":
     alarming, appalling, awing, browbeating, bulldozing, bullying,
     chilling, cowing, daunting, demoralization, deterrent, deterring,
     dire, disconcerting, discouraging, disheartening, dismaying,
     disquieting, distressing, dreadful, fear-inspiring, fearful,
     fearsome, formidable, frightful, hair-raising, harrowing,
     hectoring, horrifying, intimidating, intimidation, overawing,
     petrifying, psychological warfare, scaring, scary, shocking,
     spooky, startling, terrifying, war of nerves
  
  

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