frighteningly

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From frightening +‎ -ly.

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frighteningly (comparative more frighteningly, superlative most frighteningly)

  1. In a frightening or terrifying manner.
  2. Very; beyond usual expectation so as to cause surprise or concern.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76: 
      Risk is everywhere. [] For each [kind] there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you. “The Norm Chronicles” [] aims to help data-phobes find their way through this blizzard of risks.
    The pitcher that was set before me was frighteningly large.

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