Definition of horrify in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒrɪfʌɪ

verb (horrifies, horrifying, horrified)

[with object]



Pronunciation: /-fɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • 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: /-fʌɪdli/
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  • 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.


[as submodifier]: horrifyingly flimsy boats
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  • 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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