horrify

Definitions

  • THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW
    THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v horrify fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview","The news of the executions horrified us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Horrify To cause to feel horror; to strike or impress with horror; as, the sight horrified the beholders.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • horrify To cause to feel horror; strike or impress with horror.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Horrify hor′-i-fī to strike with horror
    • pa.p Horrify horr′ified
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Quotations

  • Paul Klee
    Paul%20Klee
    “The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.”
  • Sir John Harvey
    Sir John Harvey
    “It horrifies me that ethics is only an optional extra at Harvard Business School.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    Alexander%20Herzen
    “I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    Charles%20Caleb%20Colton
    “Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. horrificare,. See Horrific

Usage

In literature:

Miss Prime's gaze was horrified, Mr. Simpson's stern; but in the eye of Mr. Hodges there was a most ungodly twinkle.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It had haunted her while she was at Craigie Muir; it had even horrified her.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
I gave one horrified glance into the depths of the garden; then closed my eyes and let go.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
Elizabeth, afterwards well known as the Queen of Bohemia, was deeply impressed and horrified with the terrible discovery.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
The horrified face that stared back at her from the mirror was striped and rayed with startling streaks of black.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
The Charterhouse was horrified, and the prior most of all.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Pete uttered a horrified yell and sprang into the chimney, where he was trying to start a fire.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
It would have horrified your grandmother, and somehow it does seem lacking in respect.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
I knew he was dead in my first horrified glance.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
Farrow followed, a quite alert and horrified policeman now.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

"Dear MRS. P., my only joy,"
Exclaimed the horrified old boy,
"Now, give them up, I beg of you -
You know what I'm referring to!"
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Our boys you are making the slaves for your taking,
A new band is joined to the old;
While the horrified matrons your juvenile patrons
In vain would bring back to the fold.
"To Barine" by Roswell Martin Field
For the great Idea, the idea of perfect and free individuals,
For that idea the bard walks in advance, leader of leaders,
The attitude of him cheers up slaves and horrifies foreign
despots.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
It was sometime before the gutted house could be entered in,
Then to search for the bodies the officers in charge did begin;
And a horrifying spectacle met their gaze,
Which made them stand aghast in a fit of amaze.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall
I swear I dare not shirk any part of myself,
Not any part of America, good or bad,
Not the promulgation of Liberty—not to cheer up slaves and horrify
foreign despots,
Not to build for that which builds for mankind,
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
"Of course I was drugged, and so heavily I did not regain
consciousness until the next morning. I was horrified to
discover that I had been ruined, and for some days I was inconsolable,
and cried like a child to be killed or sent back to my aunt."
"Deceptions" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Horrifying has become normal.
McMahon's debate showing horrifying .
Horrifying investigation into child abuse at unlicensed religious 'homes' in Florida.
Weird Stuff Another Horrifying (In A Bad Way) Halloween Costume: Sexy Osama Bin Laden.
Entries in the Scary Writing Contest show that local kids can tell a horrifying story with creative creepiness.
The website Jest.com put together a list of 12 horrifying political masks, and they're crazier than you think.
12 Hilarious And Horrifying Political Halloween Masks.
"Half the Sky" is both horrifying and uplifting.
Viewers were left horrified watching 33-year-old Jodon F.
Sandra Lee Swearing, a Bacon Shortage, and a Horrifying Drinking Trend: Eating & Reading.
Arkansas' Shame Continues With Fan's Horrifying Musical Tribute.
Horrifying Pictures of CHAVRIL.
However, a horrifying right knee injury in October has dropped his draft stock, and it is unclear when Lattimore might return to action.
WOMAN HORRIFIED WHILE SINGING KARAOKE .
Renovations to Old Course at St Andrews horrify game's purists.
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In science:

Let us call this graph G (depends on l , sl etc, of course, but it would be horrifying to include that dependence in the notation!).
From random matrices to random analytic functions
The horrifying smallness of the expected quantum-gravity effects, due to the overall suppression by powers of the ratio of the Planck length (Lp ∼ 10−35m) versus the characteristic wavelength of the particles involved in the process, had led to the conviction that experiments could never possibly help.
A perspective on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology
To give you an idea of how tedious terms become, we have included a page of MAPLE output on page 24 as a horrifying example.
Higher order asymptotics for the MSE of the sample median on shrinking neighborhoods
Fig. 2 A horrifying example: (The first two pages of) the expression for (A.44) got from MAPLE; of course, after integration terms get much more treatable, as visible in Theorem 3.2.
Higher order asymptotics for the MSE of the sample median on shrinking neighborhoods
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