- to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.
Origin of terrify
Examples from the Web for terrified
He backed away and walked down the corridor as a file of terrified patients pressed themselves against the walls.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
I kneel with the journalist in the sand, my face stoic and yet terrified, crying, knowing that I can do nothing but wait.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
“My sister and her children are terrified,” said Iraqi Yazidi Faisal Fhaqooli, speaking from Lincoln, Nebraska, on Wednesday.Trapped in an ISIS Prison, And There May Be No U.S. Rescue
August 14, 2014
The Islamist militants seemed to be terrified of these notorious female fighters.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS
August 4, 2014
Terrified citizens of these nations started running to the United States by the tens of thousands.From Texas to Gaza, Reaping What We Sow
August 1, 2014
And as she dropped them she saw the terrified face of Cornelius open its eyes.Weighed and Wanting
Her voice was that with which one seeks to cajole a terrified infant.Within the Law
But that afternoon of the first day at home she was terrified.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
What had so terrified the kongoni it would be impossible to say.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It was simply a concert of howling monkeys that had so terrified me!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- (tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly
Word Origin and History for terrified
1570s, from Latin terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.