Frightful vs Excruciating - What's the difference?

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Frightful is a related term of excruciating.


As adjectives the difference between frightful and excruciating

is that frightful is (obsolete): full of fright; affrighted; frightened while excruciating is causing great pain or anguish, agonizing.

frightful

English

(Webster 1913)

Alternative forms

* frightfull (archaic)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (obsolete): Full of fright; affrighted; frightened.
  • *
  • Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.
  • (Used as an intensifier)
  • We wasted a frightful amount of money on renovations.

    Synonyms

    * terrible * dreadful * alarming * fearful * terrific * awful * horrid * horrible * shocking

    excruciating

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Causing great pain or anguish, agonizing
  • the nation's most excruciating dilemma -- W. H. Ferry (rfdate)
  • Exceedingly intense; extreme