verb (used with object), ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing.
- territorial army
Origin of terrify
Examples from the Web for terrifying
The sex workers I spoke with rightly call it “vile,” “gross,” “terrifying,” and “exploitative.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hollywood sure hopes so, because the idea that disgruntled insiders could do this is terrifying to Tinsel Town.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The music was, as he describes it, “harrowing, beautiful, terrifying.”Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa|Nina Strochlic|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ordeal faced by Ms. Kolkiewicz, the Ebola victim, Mr. Williams, and Mr. Mutora is terrifying.
Ebola, while terrifying from its high mortality rate, cannot take you down anytime.
The mountain was rising up to meet him at a terrifying pace.The Flying Reporter|Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
Perhaps he was anxious to place as much distance as possible between his own person and the terrifying beasts of the jungle.The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour|George A. Warren
General Bambos heard the terrifying news and climbed tremblingly to his feet.Up the Forked River|Edward Sylvester Ellis
Then he observed sweats that were terrifying in their frequency—sweats at night that left the print of her body on the sheets.Woman Triumphant|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
The terrifying power at this first stage was supplied by the bogey-man.Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth|George Brandes
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for terrify
1570s, from Latin terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.