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 for startle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Startle \Star"tle\ (st[aum]r"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Startled (st[aum]r"t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Startling
     (st[aum]r"tl[i^]ng).] [Freq. of start.]
     To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
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           Why shrinks the soul
           Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
                                                    --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Startle \Star"tle\ (st[aum]r"t'l), v. t.
     1. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to
        frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to
        surprise.
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              The supposition, at least, that angels do sometimes
              assume bodies need not startle us.    --Locke.
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     2. To deter; to cause to deviate. [R.] --Clarendon.
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     Syn: To start; shock; fright; frighten; alarm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Startle \Star"tle\, n.
     A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm,
     surprise, or apprehension of danger.
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           After having recovered from my first startle, I was
           very well pleased with the accident.     --Spectator.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  startle
      n 1: a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
           [syn: startle, jump, start]
      v 1: to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake";
           "galvanized into action" [syn: startle, galvanize,
           galvanise]
      2: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She
         startled when I walked into the room" [syn: startle,
         jump, start]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "startle":
     affright, alarm, alert, amaze, arouse, astonish, astound, awe,
     awestrike, be startled, bedaze, bedazzle, bewilder, boggle, bolt,
     bowl down, bowl over, confound, cry havoc, cry wolf,
     curdle the blood, daze, dazzle, discombobulate, discompose, dismay,
     disquiet, disturb, dumbfound, dumbfounder, electrify, fight shy,
     flabbergast, flinch, fly storm warnings, fright, frighten, funk,
     horripilate, jar, jib, jolt, jump, jump a mile, make one tremble,
     overwhelm, panic, paralyze, perplex, perturb, petrify,
     raise apprehensions, scare, shake, shake up, shock, shy, skedaddle,
     sound the alarm, sound the tocsin, spook, spring, stagger,
     stampede, start, start aside, strike dead, strike dumb,
     strike with wonder, stun, stupefy, surprise, take aback, terrify,
     terrorize, unman, unnerve, unsettle, unstring, upset, warn
  
  

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