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terrify

[ter-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing.
  1. to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.
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Origin of terrify

1565–75; < Latin terrificāre, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -ificāre -ify
Related formster·ri·fi·er, nounter·ri·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·ter·ri·fied, adjectiveun·ter·ri·fy·ing, adjective

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  • And as she dropped them she saw the terrified face of Cornelius open its eyes.

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    George MacDonald

  • Her voice was that with which one seeks to cajole a terrified infant.

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    Marvin Dana

  • But that afternoon of the first day at home she was terrified.

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    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!

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    W. H. Hudson


British Dictionary definitions for terrified

terrify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly
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Derived Formsterrifier, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin terrificāre, from terrēre to alarm + facere to cause
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Word Origin and History for terrified

terrify

v.

1570s, from Latin terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.

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