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
The thought of making anything as fragile-looking as a tall soufflé can terrify
  cooks.
It had its beginnings in royal authority, and it has been used to terrify the
  weak.
He has no problem with other animals, but people terrify him.
They never deliberately targeted civilians to terrify a nation.
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