To drive or force by arousing fear: The suspect was frightened into confessing. (verb-transitive)
To become afraid.(verb-intransitive)
American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
"The Conservative leader, campaigning in Glenrothes ahead of next month's by-election, also attacked Labour for trying to "frighten" Scots away from independence."
"You make the mistake of thinking, in your pisspoor posts, that we don; t know jack abotu US or world politics, and that we buy into a paranoid world view where we choose leaders because they 'frighten' other leaders."