ter·​ri·​fy·​ing | \ ˈter-ə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce terrifying (audio) , ˈte-rə- \

Definition of terrifying

1 : causing terror or apprehension
2 : of a formidable nature

Other Words from terrifying

terrifyingly adverb

Examples of terrifying in a Sentence

The thought of dying alone was terrifying. heard a terrifying noise coming from the next room
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First Known Use of terrifying

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of terrifying was circa 1586

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8 May 2022

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“Terrifying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrifying. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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