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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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 This year's idea, which sounds (excuse us) horrifying: asking the Internet to control a person. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Halloween This Year, MIT Is Letting the Internet Control a Person," 29 Oct. 2018 Dark magic is powerful, but its parasitic nature horrified the elves and dragons of the land who pushed humans into the west of the continent. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Dragon Prince is influenced by Avatar: The Last Airbender in the best ways," 7 Sep. 2018 That’s bad news for anyone horrified by border walls, deportations, cuts in legal immigration, or kids in cages. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Immigration Chaos: Incompetence or Deliberate Trolling?," 27 June 2018 Read more: Survivors still in agony over 1988 bus crash that horrified a nation Barker said that up to 10 routes each day may have delays because there are about 40 driver vacancies. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "TARC riders left at the curb as driver shortages cancel buses," 15 May 2018 While most fans on Twitter seemed to agree with the contestants who advanced, many were notably horrified when The Sacred Riana was sent home. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'America's Got Talent' Quarterfinals Results Are in and They're Very Controversial," 23 Aug. 2018

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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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