terrify

[ ter-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈtɛr əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing.

to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.

Origin of terrify

1565–75; < Latin terrificāre, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -ificāre -ify

Related forms

ter·ri·fi·er, nounter·ri·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·ter·ri·fied, adjectiveun·ter·ri·fy·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for terrifying (1 of 2)

terrifying

/ (ˈtɛrɪˌfaɪɪŋ) /

adjective

causing great fear or dread; extremely frightening

Derived Forms

terrifyingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for terrifying (2 of 2)

terrify

/ (ˈtɛrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly

Derived Forms

terrifier, noun

Word Origin for terrify

C16: from Latin terrificāre, from terrēre to alarm + facere to cause
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