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: 1785–95; Related forms
< Latin horrificāre
to cause horror, equivalent to horri-
(combining form of horrēre
to bristle with fear; see horrendous
) + -ficāre -fy
frighten, terrify; repel, appall.