horrify

verb
hor·​ri·​fy | \ ˈhȯr-ə-ˌfī , ˈhär-\
horrified; horrifying

Definition of horrify

transitive verb

1 : to cause to feel horror
2 : to fill with distaste : shock

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Other Words from horrify

horrifyingly \ ˈhȯr-​ə-​ˌfī-​iŋ-​lē , ˈhär-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for horrify

Synonyms

affright, alarm (also alarum), fright, frighten, panic, scare, scarify, shock, spook, startle, terrify, terrorize

Antonyms

reassure

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dismay, appall, horrify, daunt mean to unnerve or deter by arousing fear, apprehension, or aversion. dismay implies that one is disconcerted and at a loss as to how to deal with something. dismayed at the size of the job appall implies that one is faced with that which perturbs, confounds, or shocks. I am appalled by your behavior horrify stresses a reaction of horror or revulsion. was horrified by such wanton cruelty daunt suggests a cowing, disheartening, or frightening in a venture requiring courage. a cliff that would daunt the most intrepid climber

Examples of horrify in a Sentence

The details of the crime horrified the nation. They were horrified by the movie's violence.

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Copeland recalled being horrified for the girl, but believing that there would be no consequences for the perpetrator. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Kavanaugh’s accuser waited decades to tell her story. Teenagers of the 1980s aren’t surprised.," 18 Sep. 2018 In October 2015, just two months after the debate contretemps, Wallace scored an interview with Trump, who was horrifying many but impressing Wallace—a feeling the anchor still has. Andrew Goldman, Town & Country, "Chris Wallace Is Fox News's Man in the Middle," 17 Nov. 2018 But Jackie, who was by then married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, was horrified by the unwanted publicity the home was drawing. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Kennedy Onassis was 'horrified' of recluse aunt, cousin living in crumbling Grey Gardens, book claims," 12 Sep. 2018 So much of what makes the boogeyman horrifying to me is the mystery and almost cat-like mannerisms and curiosity of this character. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "See first photos of Jamie Lee Curtis vs. Michael Myers in horrifying new 'Halloween'," 5 June 2018 Indeed, while the human toll of the cruelty has horrified immigration-rights activists, the political fallout may ultimately spread far more widely than the current political headlines indicate. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Racist Immigration Policy Is Backfiring on Trump," 25 May 2018 But authorities and weather experts are still horrified by a rare event that took place within the fire: a fire vortex, also known as a fire whirl or a fire torando. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is a Fire Tornado?," 3 Aug. 2018 The thought of being separated from one’s child is horrifying to any parent. Dylan Gee, Vox, "I study kids who were separated from their parents. The trauma could change their brains forever.," 20 June 2018 This is, of course, not the first time Trump has been horrified by a supposedly bleeding woman. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Donald Trump Keeps Calling Women "Bloody"," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of horrify

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of horrify was in 1791

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horrify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of horrify

: to cause (someone) to feel horror or shock : to greatly upset and shock (someone)

horrify

verb
hor·​ri·​fy | \ ˈhȯr-ə-ˌfī \
horrified; horrifying

Kids Definition of horrify

: to cause to feel great fear, dread, or shock

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