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.

Nearby words

  1. terrible,
  2. terribly,
  3. terricolous,
  4. terrier,
  5. terrific,
  6. terrifying,
  7. terrigenous,
  8. terrine,
  9. territorial,
  10. territorial army

Origin of terrify

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

Related formster·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

terrifying

/ (ˈtɛrɪˌfaɪɪŋ) /

adjective

causing great fear or dread; extremely frightening
Derived Formsterrifyingly, adverb

terrify

/ (ˈtɛrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly
Derived Formsterrifier, noun

Word Origin for terrify

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

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Word Origin and History for terrifying

terrify

v.

1570s, from Latin terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.

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