Definition of horrify in English:



[with object]
  • Fill with horror; shock greatly.

    ‘they were horrified by the very idea’
    ‘the horrified spectators’
    ‘a horrifying incident’
    • ‘It offends and horrifies us when we learn of decaying archaeological sites, looted museums and burning libraries.’
    • ‘The first horrifying stories were beginning to emerge of bodies being buried before they were even identified.’
    • ‘The nerve and arrogance of the food industry shocks and horrifies me.’
    • ‘Those involved in such crashes often receive horrifying injuries or else end up dying a violent death.’
    • ‘We can only imagine this was indeed a most traumatic and horrifying discovery for the boy.’
    • ‘Sometimes what people will say will horrify us but we value that right to free speech and we have a duty to uphold that right even when we disagree with what they say.’
    • ‘London Evening Standard columnist A. N. Wilson argued that, ‘These stories and pictures horrify us, but they should not surprise us.’’
    • ‘These attacks will repel and horrify anyone with any shred of decency or humanity.’
    • ‘That is the tragically horrifying history of religion through the ages.’
    • ‘The State Government's proposed cannabis law reforms will horrify parents and others worried about the local drug scene, according to Greenough MLA Jamie Edwards.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that it shocks, perhaps even horrifies our young audiences but we make no apology for that.’
    • ‘A television documentary showing graphic pictures of an abortion will shock and horrify viewers, according to an Old Town mother who went through a similar procedure.’
    • ‘If you thought that was bad, I have terrible news that will shock and horrify you: things actually get worse.’
    • ‘If our charge was to make a horror film, we made it our objective to horrify an audience to the maximum degree possible.’
    • ‘On Monday a colleague of mine was sacked, not so unusual you might think but it is the reasons surrounding this incident that horrify me.’
    • ‘What they see in the mirror is a hideously distorted vision of themselves which disgusts and horrifies them, often to the point when venturing out into the world is a painful and traumatic experience.’
    • ‘The eugenics movement obviously horrifies this film maker and Mr. Peter Cohen communicates that horror most effectively in this interesting and artful documentary.’
    • ‘I hate bullies but I do have a horrible feeling I have this bullying streak in me, and it does horrify me.’
    • ‘They are interrupted by a knock on the door and Val is horrified to find a bailiff officer on her doorstep.’
    • ‘I sit here in shock, horrified by the truth and thankful that I had driven home alone.’
    frighten, scare, terrify, petrify, alarm, panic, terrorize, scare stiff, frighten to death, scare to death, fill with fear, scare someone out of their wits, frighten the living daylights out of, scare the living daylights out of, throw into a panic, make someone's hair stand on end, make someone's blood run cold
    shock, appal, outrage, scandalize, offend, dismay, throw off balance
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Late 18th century: from Latin horrificare, from horrificus (see horrific).