Definition of horrify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhôrəˌfī/

verb (horrifies, horrifying, horrified)

[with object] (usually be horrified)
Fill with horror; shock greatly: they were horrified by the very idea (as adjective horrified) the horrified spectators (as adjective horrifying) a horrifying incident
More example sentences
  • A television documentary showing graphic pictures of an abortion will shock and horrify viewers, according to an Old Town mother who went through a similar procedure.
  • I have no doubt that it shocks, perhaps even horrifies our young audiences but we make no apology for that.
  • I sit here in shock, horrified by the truth and thankful that I had driven home alone.
frighten, scare, terrify, petrify, paralyze, alarm, panic, terrorize, fill with fear, scare someone out of their wits, frighten the living daylights out of, make someone's hair stand on end, make someone's blood run cold, give someone the creeps
informal scare the pants off, spook
archaic affright
disgust, revolt, nauseate, sicken



Pronunciation: /hôˌrifiˈkāSHən/ Pronunciation: /hə-/
Example sentences
  • She stared at him in utter horrification, ‘You violated me!’
  • She took one more step and to her most utter horrification, lost her footing against the back of something and promptly fell forward, shrieking as she collided with what felt like another body.
  • Her look was one of pure disgust and horrification.


Pronunciation: /-ˌfī(ə)dlē/
Example sentences
  • All four of us started and looked at each other horrifiedly.
  • Still, it saddens and amuses me every time I am asked horrifiedly if I really have no interest in, or knowledge of, the machinations of today's governments.
  • When he saw me looking horrifiedly at the wreckage he skulked off and buried himself in the deepest corner of his doghouse and pretended to vanish.


Pronunciation: /ˈhôrəˌfīiNGlē/
[as submodifier]: horrifyingly flimsy boats
More example sentences
  • Some people's lives have clearly gone terribly, horrifyingly wrong when it is possible for them to kill innocent little children.
  • The images of abuse and brutality he records are horrifyingly familiar.
  • The opening air-raid sequence is horrifyingly matter-of-fact in its brutality; there is no incidental music, no aestheticized or distanced depictions of death.


Late 18th century: from Latin horrificare, from horrificus (see horrific).

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Syllabification: hor·ri·fy

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