transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
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 terrificāre from terrificus terrific ; see terrific .
(third-person singular simple present terrifies, present participle terrifying, simple past and past participle terrified)
From Latin terrificare