horrify

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verb hor·ri·fy \ˈhȯr-ə-ˌfī, ˈhär-\

Definition of horrify

horrified

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horrifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to feel horror

  3. 2 :  to fill with distaste :  shock

horrifyingly

play \ˈhȯr-ə-ˌfī-iŋ-lē, ˈhär-\ adverb

Examples of horrify in a Sentence

  1. The details of the crime horrified the nation.

  2. They were horrified by the movie's violence.

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First Known Use of horrify

1791

Synonym Discussion of horrify

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

HORRIFY Defined for English Language Learners

horrify

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Definition of horrify for English Language Learners

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


HORRIFY Defined for Kids

horrify

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verb hor·ri·fy \ˈhȯr-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of horrify for Students

horrified

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horrifying

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



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