terrify

[ter-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), terrified, terrifying.
to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.

Origin:
1565–75; < Latin terrificāre, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -ificāre -ify

terrifier, noun
terrifyingly, adverb
unterrified, adjective
unterrifying, adjective


See frighten.
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terrify (ˈtɛrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly
 
[C16: from Latin terrificāre, from terrēre to alarm + facere to cause]
 
'terrifier
 
n

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terrify
1570s, from L. terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific).
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Example sentences
It means pretending that you're not absolutely terrified.
Not only does he not swim, but he's kind of terrified of water.
Expatriates in particular are fleeing overseas, terrified by alarmist at home
  begging them to leave.
The first blasts terrified miners and their families.
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