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pelottaa

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Etymology

Verb

pelottaa (stem pelot-*)

  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) partitive + 3rd-pers. sg. = to be afraid.
    Minua pelottaa.
    I am afraid.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To frighten, to be intimidated or cowed by sthg.
    Hän pelottaa minua.
    She frightens me.
    Huijareita ei laki pelota.
    Con artists are not cowed by the law.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To scare.
    Kissa pelotti linnut tiehensä.
    The cat scared the birds away.

Usage notes

The difference between the verbs pelätä, pelotella and pelottaa:

  • pelätä refers always to the feelings of the person who is afraid
  • pelotella refers always to the activity of making others afraid
  • pelottaa may mean either of the two, depending on the case of the object

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