terrify

verb ter·ri·fy \ ˈter-ə-ˌfī , ˈte-rə- \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of terrify

terrified; terrifying
transitive verb
1 a : to drive or impel by menacing : scare
2 : to fill with terror

Examples of terrify in a Sentence

  1. The thought of dying alone terrifies her.

  2. the prospect of speaking in front of a huge crowd of people absolutely terrifies me

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Origin and Etymology of terrify

Latin terrificare, from terrificus


TERRIFY Defined for English Language Learners

terrify

verb

Definition of terrify for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to be extremely afraid : to frighten (someone) very much


TERRIFY Defined for Kids

terrify

verb ter·ri·fy \ ˈter-ə-ˌfī \

Definition of terrify for Students

terrified; terrifying
: to cause (someone) to become very frightened


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