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horrify

[hawr-uh-fahy, hor-] /ˈhɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈhɒr-/
verb (used with object), horrified, horrifying.
1.
to cause to feel horror; strike with horror:
The accident horrified us all.
2.
to distress greatly; shock or dismay:
She was horrified by the price of the house.
Origin of horrify
1785-1795
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
Synonyms
frighten, terrify; repel, appall.
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horrifying

/ˈhɒrɪˌfaɪɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing feelings of horror in; awful; terrifying;
2.
dismaying or greatly shocking; dreadful
Derived Forms
horrifyingly, adverb

horrify

/ˈhɒrɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to cause feelings of horror in; terrify; frighten
2.
to dismay or shock greatly
Derived Forms
horrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for horrifying

horrify

v.

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

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