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Princeton's WordNet

  1. panic, scarenoun

    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"

  2. scare, panic attackverb

    a sudden attack of fear

  3. frighten, fright, scare, affrightverb

    cause fear in

    "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"

  4. daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scareverb

    cause to lose courage

    "dashed by the refusal"


  1. scarenoun

    A minor fright

    Johnny had a bad scare last night.

  2. scarenoun

    A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread.

    JM is a scare to the capitalists of this country.

  3. scareverb

    To frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way.

    Did that scare you when I said "Boo!"?

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SCAREverb

    Etymology: scorare, Italian. Skinner.

    They have scared away two of my best sheep, which, I fear, the wolf will sooner find than the master. William Shakespeare.

    Poor Tom hath been scared out of his good wits. William Shakespeare.

    My grained ash an hundred times hath broke,
    And scar’d the moon with splinters. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The noise of thy cross-bow
    Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Scarecrows are set up to keep birds from corn and fruit; and some report that the head of a wolf, whole, dried, and hanged up in a dovehouse, will scare away vermin. Francis Bacon.

    The wing of the Irish was so grievously either galled or scared therewith, that being strangers, and in a manner neutrals, they had neither good heart to go forward, nor good liking to stand still, nor good assurance to run away. John Hayward.

    The light
    Waves threaten now, as that was scar’d by fire. Edmund Waller.

    One great reason why mens good purposes so often fail, is, that when they are devout, or scared, they then in the general resolve to live religiously. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    Let wanton wives by death be scar’d;
    But, to my comfort, I’m prepar’d. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scareverb

    to frighten; to strike with sudden fear; to alarm

  2. Scarenoun

    fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scare

    skār, v.t. to drive away by frightening: to strike with sudden terror: to startle, to affright.—n. an imaginary alarm: a sudden panic.—adj. lean, scanty.—ns. Scare′-babe, a bugbear; Scare′-bug; Scare′crow, anything set up to scare away crows or other birds: a vain cause of terror: a person meanly clad: the black tern; Scare′-fire, a fire-alarm: a conflagration. [M. E. skerrenskerre, frightened—Ice. skjarr, timid.]

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  1. acres

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  6. races

  7. sacre

  8. serac

  9. carse

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scare in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of scare in a Sentence

  1. Dilip Ratha:

    When you have hundreds of institutional investors...there is a big probability of herd mentality: You see a little bit of a scare and run for the door.

  2. Ian Kernohan:

    We had coordinated central bank action at the height of the crisis but I don't think we are at that stage now, is it the central banks' job to prop up markets all the time? Are we in a crisis, or are we just having a scare from weak China manufacturing data?

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    I am intoxicated with withdrawal, paranoia, anger and fear. I live for the moment of meeting eyes telling fortunes – they can’t tell mine and God does that drive them nuts. I confuse people, scare them; they can’t quite get a grasp on me. I just take my meds and pray to the gods for their souls.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    What they can do is scare.

  5. Ronald Primas:

    You have to understand the psyche of the time. Everyone was on high alert, it was a year post 9/11, a year after the anthrax scare, they were in top security mode. A nurse was screaming,' Get her into a room. She's contagious !' There was hysteria.

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