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terrify

[ter-uh-fahy] /ˈtɛr əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), terrified, terrifying.
1.
to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.
Origin of terrify
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin terrificāre, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
terrifier, noun
terrifyingly, adverb
unterrified, adjective
unterrifying, adjective
Synonyms
See frighten.
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  • Plata has sighted him, and is straining every limb to reach the terrified bird.

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  • Also by magic I have learnt that he is terrified because he knows me to be an awful man.

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  • The more you think of him the more you will be terrified at him, and turn from him.

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  • He had a spasm of rage that would have terrified her had she conjectured what agitated him.

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  • Frisk was so terrified at the sight of it that he did not know where to hide.

British Dictionary definitions for terrified

terrify

/ˈtɛrɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly
Derived Forms
terrifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin terrificāre, from terrēre to alarm + facere to cause
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Word Origin and History for terrified

terrify

v.

1570s, from Latin terrificare "to frighten," from terrificus "causing terror" (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.

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