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[hawr-uh-fahy, hor-]
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verb (used with object), hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing.
  1. to cause to feel horror; strike with horror: The accident horrified us all.
  2. to distress greatly; shock or dismay: She was horrified by the price of the house.
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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

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Related Words for horrifying

dismay, intimidate, frighten, alarm, shock, appall, sicken, disgust, shake, outrage, daunt, petrify, terrify, consternate, affright, terrorize

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British Dictionary definitions for horrifying


  1. causing feelings of horror in; awful; terrifying;
  2. dismaying or greatly shocking; dreadful
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Derived Formshorrifyingly, adverb


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to cause feelings of horror in; terrify; frighten
  2. to dismay or shock greatly
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Derived Formshorrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for horrifying



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

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