Definition of terrify in English:


Line breaks: ter|rify
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrɪfʌɪ

verb (terrifies, terrifying, terrified)

[with object]



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  • Squirt taught Pippi everything he knew about wrestling, and she'd probably make a good terrifier of rodents if given a chance.
  • So again we ask, how can it be said that Saturn, the supreme terrifier among the planets, can be your greatest friend?
  • More ‘Twilight Zone’ than terrifier, the film pushes along in a quietly outlandish journey into the bizarre that leaves you delving deeper for more.


[as submodifier]: the bombs are terrifyingly accurate
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  • Viewers get terrifyingly close to the action with giant interactive models, including a five-metre shark moving slowly and sensing its victims.
  • The film works because it is handled on a small personal scale, which makes the gravity and the drama terrifyingly palpable.
  • We have seen pictures of people who had little, and who have suddenly and terrifyingly lost everything.


late 16th century: from Latin terrificare, from terrificus 'frightening' (see terrific).

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