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[hawr-uh-fahy, hor-] /ˈhɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈhɒr-/
verb (used with object), horrified, horrifying.
to cause to feel horror; strike with horror:
The accident horrified us all.
to distress greatly; shock or dismay:
She was horrified by the price of the house.
Origin of horrify
1785-95; < Latin horrificāre to cause horror, equivalent to horri- (combining form of horrēre to bristle with fear; see horrendous) + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
horrification, noun
horrifyingly, adverb
frighten, terrify; repel, appall. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for horrify
  • So it's not surprising that human nature would follow that pattern, as much as it might horrify some of us.
  • It's something that should be shown to children when they're still at an age for it to terrify and horrify them.
  • Certain events, especially those that shock and horrify, overshadow other realities in the story of a community.
  • All in all there is something about the history of that fatal camp that is horrify ing.
  • The bodies were taken by helicopter and thrown from air in other cities to horrify the residents and prevent any other uprisings.
British Dictionary definitions for horrify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to cause feelings of horror in; terrify; frighten
to dismay or shock greatly
Derived Forms
horrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for horrify

1791 (implied in horrifying), from horror + -fy. Related: Horrified; horrifying.

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