very frightening or horrifying.
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(of a book, film, etc) arousing terror

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Example sentences
Although various incidents may be spine-chilling, it is a subject with a quota of well-turned comedy.
While other owls hoot, barn owls emit loud, spine-chilling hisses.
Wisely, however, he refrained from telling spine-chilling stories about his earlier raids on white settlers.
With the rare spine-chilling exception, actors playing ghosts nowadays play it for humor.
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