how to say “scary” in Hebrew

מַפְחִיד

The Hebrew word for fear is פחד .

For example, one might react to hearing a loud motorcycle storming by right in front of them with:

איזה פחד!

How scary! (what fear!)

פחד is a three-letter word, which means it is primed to function as a root. Thus we have the active-intensive פיעל verb לפחד – to fear, to be afraid, and the active-causative הפעיל verb להפחיד .

Taking להפחיד – to scare, to frighten, we get the adjective מפחיד – scary or frightening.

For example:

לא רוצים לראות ליצנים מפחידים.

(We) don’t want to see scary clowns.

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