[hawr-uh-fahyd, hor-]


showing or indicating great shock or horror: a horrified gasp; a horrified expression.
accompanied or characterized by a feeling of horror: horrified interest.
struck with horror; shocked: horrified and outraged spectators.

Origin of horrified

First recorded in 1830–40; horrify + -ed2
Related formshor·ri·fied·ly [hawr-uh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-, hor-] /ˈhɔr əˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈhɒr-/, adverbun·hor·ri·fied, adjective


[hawr-uh-fahy, hor-]

verb (used with object), hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing.

to cause to feel horror; strike with horror: The accident horrified us all.
to distress greatly; shock or dismay: She was horrified by the price of the house.

Origin of horrify

1785–95; < Latin horrificāre to cause horror, equivalent to horri- (combining form of horrēre to bristle with fear; see horrendous) + -ficāre -fy
Related formshor·ri·fi·ca·tion, nounhor·ri·fy·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for horrify

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Related Words for horrified

shocked, troubled, repelled, afraid, aghast

Examples from the Web for horrified

Contemporary Examples of horrified

Historical Examples of horrified

  • 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



terrified; frightened
dismayed or shocked


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to cause feelings of horror in; terrify; frighten
to dismay or shock greatly
Derived Formshorrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for horrified



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

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