[ hawr-uh-fahy, hor- ]
/ ˈhɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈhɒr- /

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


hor·ri·fi·ca·tion, nounhor·ri·fy·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for horrifying (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhɒrɪˌfaɪɪŋ) /


causing feelings of horror in; awful; terrifying;
dismaying or greatly shocking; dreadful

Derived forms of horrifying

horrifyingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for horrifying (2 of 2)

/ (ˈhɒrɪˌfaɪ) /

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

to cause feelings of horror in; terrify; frighten
to dismay or shock greatly

Derived forms of horrify

horrification, noun
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