terrify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v terrify fill with terror; frighten greatly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon was terrified of cats.
    • Terrify To alarm or shock with fear; to frighten. "When ye shall hear of wars . . . be not terrified ."
    • Terrify To make terrible. "If the law, instead of aggravating and terrifying sin, shall give out license, it foils itself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • terrify To make afraid; strike with fear; affect or fill with terror; frighten; alarm.
    • terrify To make terrible.
    • terrify Synonyms To scare, horrify, appal, daunt. See afraid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Terrify ter′i-fī to cause terror in: to frighten greatly: to alarm
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Quotations

  • Salvador Dali
    Salvador%20Dali
    “The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.”
  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.”
  • John Lennon
    John%20Lennon
    “My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.”
  • David Mamet
    David%20Mamet
    “In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.”
  • Walford Bodie
    Walford Bodie
    “I've got a living to make, to put it plainly; there's more money in shocking and terrifying than in edifying.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. terrere, to frighten + -fy,: cf. F. terrifier, L. terrificare,. See Terrific, and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. terrēre, to terrify, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

For I am going to say something that will terrify you.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
Suddenly the Chairman roared out a terrifying word in the vernacular.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Incredible as was the story to which she had listened, there was about it a vividness that made it terrifying.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Terrified and trembling, the sailors plucked up courage to land.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The idea was at once terrifying, and yet reassuring.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
And it terrified the Romans.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
They rather terrified Jo.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
But 'twas all Joe Saunders's fault, ma'am, a terrifying the poor children.
"The Carbonels" by Charlotte M. Yonge
It was horrible; I felt terrified to contend with such strange enemies.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
He looks terrifying, but in reality is probably badly terrified himself.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
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In poetry:

I flinched. Both terrified,
We slunk away,
Each in his own way dodging
The cruel darts of the cold.
"To A Blossoming Pear Tree" by James Wright
We will be able to look at
the swaying of the green seas
and see terrifying whirlpools,
sailors on masts,
without nervousnes.
"A Face" by Srecko Kosovel
There's little in a green wood,
Little in a dry,
Can ease a man's heart
When his heart is awry,
When foot-crushed twigs
Only terrify;
"The Cure" by Benjamin Musser
Said he, “I have chas’d her for seven score years,
As she landed to drink at the fountains.”
No more did he deign to their terrified ears,
But gallop’d away to the mountains.
"Waldemar’s Chase" by George Borrow
For blows fell, and the kindly one
Dropped to the earth and died;
The children sank upon the ground,
Trembling and terrified,
And clung together, wondering,
And moaned, and sobbed, and cried.
"The Babes In The Wood" by Clara Doty Bates
And terrified faces to left and to right,
Before and behind him,
Fled away with the speed of a maddening fright
To the cloughs of the bat and the chasms of night,
Each hoping the zealot would fail in his flight
To find him and bind him.
"To Damascus" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Newt Gingrich's Urge to Terrify and Spy on Americans.
Hall of Fame votes must terrify Roger Clemens.
Coney's haunted maze will terrify and delight.
The Use of Technology to Terrify .
The Use of Technology to Terrify This Emotional Life.
Fiction techniques that terrify .
8 robots that terrify us.
Hildegard van Schlag is as terrifying as she is sexy.
'Google Now's' Terrifying, Spine- Tingling , Bone-Chilling Insights Into Its Users.
The alleged victim says she was terrified and even tried to take her own life after the incident.
In 1941, a movie came out that terrified the world and was another building block in establishing Universal Studios as THE home of horror.
Conspiracy theorists can find plenty to terrify them in a new documentary about the inner- workings of Wall Street.
We're not talking about the terrifying kind involving zombies.
The Afghan children awoke in the dead of night with a terrifying warning: An American soldier was in their village, and he had shot at least one man to death.
New species are being found at unexplored depths - but the coral has a terrifying new enemy.
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In science:

At first glance, the integrals for the orthogonal and symplectic ensembles look terrifying.
Random Matrices and Supersymmetry in Disordered Systems
It is a tribute to Berndt’s talents and perseverance that he has completed this rather terrifying pro ject.
And free lunch for all...
More than ten experiments on Strangeness Nuclear Physics were approved with high priority but the unfortunate event of the terrifying earthquake in the area delayed the activity by at least one year.
Strangeness nuclear physics: a critical review on selected topics
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