verb (used with object), ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing.
Origin of terrify
Examples from the Web for terrify
The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.
That's what should terrify neoconservatives -- not the bogus anti-Israel charges.
The Daily Beast rounds up a list of bizarre conditions that rarely strike, but still manage to terrify.Necrotizing Fasciitis, Blinding Larvae & More Scary Diseases|Casey Schwartz|May 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The operation was apparently intended to terrify the residents into leaving voluntarily, but instead it steeled their resolve.
The goal should not be to terrify the bejesus out of the public, lest they scrunch their noses and give up.
Then why should I grieve or terrify myself about what may come?Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)|Robert Paltock
Such maniacs as Hammond and the "Boy Preacher" fill asylums and terrify children.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
It is its name, its suddenness, and its frightful symptoms that terrify.The Greville Memoirs|Charles C. F. Greville
It is base and cowardly to terrify timid females whom we are bound with our very lives to protect.Modern Flirtations|Catherine Sinclair
The object of his sermon was not to terrify the sinner, but rather to lead him into the ways of peace and pleasantness.Biography of Rev. Hosea Ballou|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for terrify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for terrify
Word Origin and History for terrify
1570s, from Latin terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.