terrify

  • 1Terrify — Ter ri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Terrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Terrifying}.] [L. terrere to frighten + fy: cf. F. terrifier, L. terrificare. See {Terrific}, and { fy}.] 1. To make terrible. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If the law, instead of aggravating… …

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  • 2terrify — index endanger, frighten, intimidate, menace Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3terrify — 1570s, from L. terrificare to frighten, from terrificus causing terror (see TERRIFIC (Cf. terrific)) …

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  • 4terrify — *frighten, fright, scare, alarm, terrorize, startle Analogous words: agitate, upset, perturb, disquiet (see DISCOMPOSE): *dismay, appall, horrify, daunt: cow, *intimidate, browbeat, bulldoze Contrasted words: *calm, compose, soothe, tranquilize …

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  • 5terrify — [v] scare alarm, appall, awe, chill, dismay, freeze, fright, frighten, horrify, intimidate, paralyze, petrify, scare stiff*, scare the pants off of*, scare to death*, shock, spook, startle, strike fear into*, stun, stupefy, terrorize; concepts… …

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  • 6terrify — ► VERB (terrifies, terrified) ▪ cause to feel terror. DERIVATIVES terrifying adjective …

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  • 7terrify — [ter′ə fī΄] vt. terrified, terrifying [L terrificare < terrificus,TERRIFIC] to fill with terror; frighten greatly; alarm SYN. AFRAID, FRIGHTEN terrifyingly adv …

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  • 8terrify */ — UK [ˈterəfaɪ] / US [ˈterəˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms terrify : present tense I/you/we/they terrify he/she/it terrifies present participle terrifying past tense terrified past participle terrified to make someone very frightened The bombing …

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  • 9terrify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Latin terrificare, from terrificus Date: 15th century 1. a. to drive or impel by menacing ; scare b. deter, intimidate 2. to fill with terror …

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  • 10terrify — terrifier, n. terrifyingly, adv. /ter euh fuy /, v.t., terrified, terrifying. to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid. [1565 75; < L terrificare, equiv. to terr(ere) to frighten + ificare IFY] Syn. See frighten. * * * …

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  • 11terrify — verb /ˈtɛrɪfaɪ/ a) To frighten greatly; to fill with terror. b) To menace or intimidate. See Also: terrible, terrific, terrifying, terror …

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  • 12terrify — Synonyms and related words: affright, alarm, appall, awe, freeze, fright, frighten, horrify, paralyze, petrify, scare, scare stiff, scare to death, shock, spook, startle, strike dumb, strike terror into, stun, stupefy, terrorize| …

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  • 13terrify — v. (R) it terrified me to contemplate the consequences of your actions; it terrifies us that there may be another earthquake * * * [ terɪfaɪ] it terrifyies us that there may be another earthquake (R) it terrifyied me to contemplate the&#8230; …

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  • 14terrify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. terrorize, frighten, alarm; appall, dismay; cow, intimidate; panic, stampede. See fear. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. shock, horrify, terrorize; see frighten 1 . See Synonym Study at frighten . III&#8230; …

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  • 15terrify — 01. My children were absolutely [terrified] of dogs when they were little. 02. The Martians were [terrified] when they discovered that the Gorilla Men of Venus were planning to attack their space station. 03. Janis took a sky diving class, but&#8230; …

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  • 16terrify — ter|ri|fy [ˈterıfaı] v past tense and past participle terrified present participle terrifying third person singular terrifies [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: terrificare, from terrificus; TERRIFIC] to make someone extremely afraid ▪ Her&#8230; …

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  • 17terrify — ter|ri|fy [ terə,faı ] verb transitive * to make someone very frightened: The bombing of a residential neighborhood terrified the nation …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18terrify — [[t]te̱rɪfaɪ[/t]] terrifies, terrifying, terrified VERB If something terrifies you, it makes you feel extremely frightened. [V n] Flying terrifies him... [V n] The thought of dying slowly and painfully terrified me. Syn …

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  • 19terrify — ter·ri·fy || terɪfaɪ v. scare, frighten greatly, intimidate …

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  • 20terrify — verb (terrifies, terrifying, terrified) cause to feel terror. Derivatives terrifier noun terrifying adjective terrifyingly adverb Origin C16: from L. terrificare, from terrificus (see terrific) …

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