transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to cause to feel horror
- to shock or disgust
Origin of horrifyClassical Latin horrificare from horrificus: see horrific
transitive verbhor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing, hor·ri·fies
- To cause to feel horror: The citizens were horrified by the bombings. The guest was horrified at the rudeness of what he had said.
- To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock: “I … passed a mirror … & was horrified at the shabbiness of my hat” ( Margaret Suckley )
Origin of horrifyLatin horrificāre from horrificus horrific ; see horrific .
(third-person singular simple present horrifies, present participle horrifying, simple past and past participle horrified)
horror + -ify. 1791, in form horrifying.