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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 horrifying
  • She also talked at some length about her writing process, which was fascinating as well as horrifying.
  • The thought that they're admitting students who don't even meet that standard is horrifying.
  • In my view, that is so horrifying that nothing more be said about any of her opinions.
  • We all lurch and lose our balance-a truly horrifying experience when it happens on a roof.
  • The more remote our ectoparasites have become, the more horrifying they seem to be.
  • It can also help you understand things people do that at first encounter you might consider incomprehensible or even horrifying.
  • German theaters were soon showing a horrifying newsreel filmed in the village.
  • He obeys some basic commands but when he is put on a leash and walked it's horrifying.
  • Receiving such a diagnosis is truly horrifying and everyone has their own ways of dealing with it.
  • Leave the outrage for things that are actually horrifying.
British Dictionary definitions for horrifying


causing feelings of horror in; awful; terrifying;
dismaying or greatly shocking; dreadful
Derived Forms
horrifyingly, adverb


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 horrifying



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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