: arousing fright or horror : blood-curdling
a blood-chilling scream
But suddenly there is shouting, … a blood-chilling, animal bellowing that booms through the great clamor …Michael Kenyon, Gourmet, November 1985
Such blood-chilling questioning of its residents terrified the town …Alice Walker, In Love & In Trouble, 1973

Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blood-chilling was in 1632

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“Blood-chilling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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