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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.

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 this world of ours, after all, is such a terrifyingly big one.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • They were tragic, triumphant, grief-stricken, terrifyingly beautiful.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • He seemed to regard her as a kind of Boeotia, and terrifyingly dour.

  • The sunlit waste was terrifyingly immense bright, and empty.

    World of the Drone

    Robert Abernathy

  • The spirit of to-day is terrifyingly visible or invisible at will.


British Dictionary definitions for terrifyingly

terrify

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

terrify

v.

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

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