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horrified

[hawr-uh-fahyd, hor-] /ˈhɔr əˌfaɪd, ˈhɒr-/
adjective
1.
showing or indicating great shock or horror:
a horrified gasp; a horrified expression.
2.
accompanied or characterized by a feeling of horror:
horrified interest.
3.
struck with horror; shocked:
horrified and outraged spectators.
Origin of horrified
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; horrify + -ed2
Related forms
horrifiedly
[hawr-uh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-, hor-] /ˈhɔr əˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈhɒr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
unhorrified, adjective

horrify

[hawr-uh-fahy, hor-] /ˈhɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈhɒr-/
verb (used with object), horrified, horrifying.
1.
to cause to feel horror; strike with horror:
The accident horrified us all.
2.
to distress greatly; shock or dismay:
She was horrified by the price of the house.
Origin
1785-95; < Latin horrificāre to cause horror, equivalent to horri- (combining form of horrēre to bristle with fear; see horrendous) + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
horrification, noun
horrifyingly, adverb
Synonyms
frighten, terrify; repel, appall.
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  • It was a badge of courage, whatever it was—a badge which thrilled and horrified me.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He always kept his hat on, and this horrified Mlle. de Brabender.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • His plan of the popes reigning by means of the poor and lowly now horrified him.

  • "But he pays US," Adams remonstrated, horrified by his companion's idea.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • horrified, her companion ran home to her father and told him what had happened.

British Dictionary definitions for horrified

horrified

/ˈhɒrɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
terrified; frightened
2.
dismayed or shocked

horrify

/ˈhɒrɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to cause feelings of horror in; terrify; frighten
2.
to dismay or shock greatly
Derived Forms
horrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for horrified

horrify

v.

1791 (implied in horrifying), from horror + -fy. Related: Horrified; horrifying.

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