verb (terrifies, terrifying, terrified)[with object]
- Cause to feel extreme fear: the thought terrifies me he is terrified of spiders [with object]: she was terrified he would drop her (as adjective terrifying) the terrifying events of the past few weeksMore example sentences
petrify, horrify, frighten, scare, scare stiff, scare/frighten to death, scare/frighten the living daylights out of, scare/frighten the life out of, scare/frighten someone out of their wits, scare witless, strike terror into, put the fear of God into; terrorize, paralyze, transfix• informal scare the pants off, scare the bejesus out of
- The parents are terrified, their fears not at all eased by being referred to a brain surgeon.
- Funny how I can watch all sorts of horror movies for hours and not get scared while that movie and its sequel terrify me!
- Violent crime here is mercifully rare, despite some terrifying recent incidents.
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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 accurateMore example sentences
- 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).