petrifying

adjective
pet·​ri·​fy·​ing | \ ˈpe-trə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce petrifying (audio) \

Definition of petrifying

: overwhelmingly frightening "We have not made one decision on what to do yet. It's worse than scary. It's absolutely petrifying."— Chris Spirou What may be a petrifying experience for a child might seem trivial for you.The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah)

Other Words from petrifying

petrifyingly adverb
a petrifyingly dangerous situation

First Known Use of petrifying

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrifying

from present participle of petrify

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