Scare vs Scareware - What's the difference?

scare | scareware |


As nouns the difference between scare and scareware

is that scare is a minor fright while scareware is (computing|informal) software that attempts to scare the user into compliance, as by displaying false warnings of virus infection.

As a verb scare

is to frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way.

scare

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A minor fright.
  • Johnny had a bad scare last night.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=June 4 , author=Phil McNulty , title=England 2 - 2 Switzerland , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=England were held to a draw after surviving a major scare against Switzerland as they were forced to come from two goals behind to earn a point in the Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.}}
  • A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread.
  • JM is a scare to the capitalists of this country.

    Synonyms

    * fright

    See also

    * scarecrow

    Verb

  • To frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way.
  • Did it scare you when I said "Boo!"?
  • * (rfdate) (Shakespeare)
  • The noise of thy crossbow / Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
  • * (The Langoliers)
  • (Laurel Stevenson) Would you please be quiet? You're scaring the little girl.
    (Craig Toomey) Scaring the little girl?! Scaring the little girl?! Lady!

    Synonyms

    * frighten * terrify * See also

    Derived terms

    * bird-scarer * Red scare * scarecrow * scared * scaredy-cat * scaremonger * scare out of one's wits * scarer * scare straight * scare the pants off of

    Anagrams

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    scareware

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • (computing, informal) Software that attempts to scare the user into compliance, as by displaying false warnings of virus infection.
  • Hypernyms

    * malware