Frightening vs Horrendous - What's the difference?

frightening | horrendous |

As adjectives the difference between frightening and horrendous

is that frightening is causing fear; of capable of causing fear; scary while horrendous is extremely bad; awful; terrible.

As a verb frightening

is .




(en adjective)
  • Causing fear; of capable of causing fear; scary.
  • The frightening scientist lived in an old shack.
  • (figuratively) Awful, terrible, very bad.
  • Synonyms



  • The scientist was frightening the timid children.




    (en adjective)
  • Extremely bad; awful; terrible.
  • * There was horrendous carnage at the scene of the plane crash.
  • * My journey to work this morning was horrendous !
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter , title=The British Longitude Act Reconsidered , volume=100, issue=2, page=87 , magazine= citation , passage=But was it responsible governance to pass the Longitude Act without other efforts to protect British seamen? Or might it have been subterfuge—a disingenuous attempt to shift attention away from the realities of their life at sea. Conditions were horrendous aboard most British naval vessels at the time. Scurvy and other diseases ran rampant, killing more seamen each year than all other causes combined, including combat.}}


    * awful, horrific, terrible, dreadful