horrify

verb
hor·​ri·​fy | \ ˈhȯr-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce horrify (audio) , 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 How to pronounce horrifyingly (audio) , 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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The locals are horrified by a killing of a guest on their island. CBS News, "American scientist murdered in Crete suffered a slow death, forensic pathologists say," 12 July 2019 Far-right militancy is resurgent in Germany, in ways that are new and very old, horrifying a country that prides itself on dealing honestly with its murderous past. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "A Political Murder and Far-Right Terrorism: Germany’s New Hateful Reality," 7 July 2019 As France’s most famous cathedral burned, people around the world paused, horrified by footage of the catastrophic fire. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Many historic icons face same threats as Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 If the thought of eating pig feet is horrifying, swap it out for one of a dozen other options such as the braised beef brisket. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 In the death most widely agonized, champion filly Go For Wand crumpled to the dirt in the Distaff at Belmont Park in 1990, horrifying witnesses on a day that cost three contestants, all told. Chuck Culpepper And Jacob Bogage, courant.com, "Breeders’ Cup will remain at Santa Anita, where 30 horses have died since Christmas," 28 June 2019 In a split second, her faces morphs from confused to horrified to defeated. Glamour, "Real Women Remember the Horror of Finding Out They Were Paid Less Than Men," 2 Apr. 2019 Watching him achieve sentience has a wonderful twinge of Frankensteinian horror, as Forky is at first horrified by his newfound existence. Christian Holub, EW.com, "All hail Forky: Critics rave about the trash-toy at the center of Toy Story 4," 13 June 2019 But reports of horrifying animal cruelty played a role in damaging the circus’ reputation. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A German Circus Uses Stunning Holograms Instead of Live Animal Performers," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce horrify (audio) \
horrified; horrifying

Kids Definition of horrify

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

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