scare noun definition in Fear topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

scare

 noun: Fear topic
[countable] (used especially in newspapers) a situation in which a lot of people are anxious or frightened about something a bomb/health scare recent scares about pesticides in food a scare story (= a news report that spreads more anxiety or fear about something than is necessary) to cause a major scare scare tactics (= ways of persuading people to do something by frightening them)