to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.
- ter·ri·fi·er, noun
- ter·ri·fy·ing·ly, adverb
- un·ter·ri·fied, adjective
- un·ter·ri·fy·ing, adjective
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How to use terrify in a sentence
Then there’s the fact that most Americans are also terrified of death and the dying process and horrible at talking openly with others about the realities of aging.Caring for the elderly has never been more expensive, exhausting, or invisible | Anne Helen Petersen | August 26, 2021 | Vox
The very fact that my brain considers them as an option terrifies me and is indicative of how much this is affecting me.
As a road user, I find them to be menaces that flout traffic rules, drive on sidewalks, terrify pedestrians, and are quick to mobilize other bike riders for mob justice if involved in an accident.Bukayo Saka identity, africa’s unicorns, Covid-19 travel in Africa | Ciku Kimeria | July 18, 2021 | Quartz
I’m thinking it’s time to have a hard talk with my boss about this, and I’m terrified.I’m tired of being asked to front thousands in business expenses on my personal credit card | Karla Miller | July 8, 2021 | Washington Post
The rugby player says she was terrified when she came out on social media, but she wanted to overcome the negative feelings that had weighed on her.Japan Failed to Improve LGBTQ Rights Ahead of the Olympics. Japanese Athletes Are Coming Out Anyway | Amy Gunia | July 8, 2021 | Time
The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.
Epidurals terrify me, which is why I decided on a natural birth.No Sex For Six Weeks After Giving Birth? It’s Too Long! | Aurora Snow | December 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The operation was apparently intended to terrify the residents into leaving voluntarily, but instead it steeled their resolve.
You can terrify this woman with the thunders of the law if she persists in kidnapping children that don't belong to her.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Meantime the trader would use his precious possession, the letter written by Helen Ervin, to terrify the girl.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
What is it that gives evil governments their influence, but their power to terrify, and their wealth and honours to seduce?The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
They "supped full of horrors," and listened greedily to tales of death, which served to weaken and terrify.The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
They terrify the weak minded by frightful ideas which they hold out to them of the Deity.Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
British Dictionary definitions for terrify
(tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly
- terrifier, noun
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