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frightening

adjective

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frightening

verb
present participle of frighten

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The first known use of frightening was in 1652

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“Frightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/frightening. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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