espanto

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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (fear)
a. fright
¡Ay! ¡Otto! Me diste un espanto. No sabía que estabas aquí.Ah! Otto! You gave me a fright. I didn't know you were here.
Casi me muero de espanto cuando dijeron que llamaban del hospital.I nearly died of fright when they told me they were calling from the hospital.
b. terror
Cuando la encontraron tenía una mirada de espanto.When they found her, she had a look of terror in her eyes.
c. horror
Me da espanto la idea de subirme a un coche con él al volante.I feel horror at the idea of getting in a car with him at the wheel.
2. (something unpleasant)
a. terrible
El libro me gustó, pero la película es un espanto.I liked the book but the film is terrible.
b. awful
¡Qué espanto de restaurante!What an awful restaurant!
3. (something intense)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Hace un frío de espanto allá afuera.It's terribly cold outside.
Se han comprado un coche de espanto.They have bought a fabulous car.
4. (disquiet)
a. dismay
Las imágenes me llenaron de espanto.I was filled with dismay at the images.
5. (phantom)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. ghost
Juraban haber visto un espanto en la casa abandonada.They swore they had seen a ghost in the abandoned house.
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espanto
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (miedo)
a. fright
le tiene espanto a las arañashe's frightened of spiders
2. (pasmo)
a.
¡qué espanto!how terrible!
3. (colloquial)
a.
¡qué espanto de traje!what an awful o a frightful suit!
hacía un calor de espantothe heat was appalling
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espanto
1 (susto) fright
2 (amenaza) threat; menace
3 (Latinoamérica) (fantasma) ghost
4 (para exagerar)
¡qué espanto! how awful!; hace un frío de espanto it's terribly cold; es un coche de espanto it's a fabulous o tremendous car (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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