- 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 &ellipsis; passed a mirror &ellipsis; & was horrified at the shabbiness of my hat” (Margaret Suckley).
Origin of horrifyLatin horrific&amacron;re, 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.