to fill with terror; frighten greatly; alarm
Origin of terrifyClassical Latin terrificare ; from terrificus, terrific
transitive verbter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
- To fill with terror; make deeply afraid: “She was terrified that he would lie to her” (Jodi Picoult). See Synonyms at frighten.
- To drive or force by arousing fear: “The few who survived had long ago been terrified into complete intellectual surrender” (George Orwell).
Origin of terrifyLatin terrificare, from terrificus, terrific; see terrific.
(third-person singular simple present terrifies, present participle terrifying, simple past and past participle terrified)
From Latin terrificare