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Definition of "terrify" []

  • To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten. (verb-transitive)
  • To menace or threaten; intimidate. (verb-transitive)
  • To inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly (verb)

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Use "terrify" in a sentence
  • "It used the term "climate porn" to describe what it categorized as alarmist language on climate issues meant to "thrill" and "terrify" - but which failed to encourage meaningful action."
  • "Charlie Cook recently wrote that Congress 'current poll numbers should "terrify" them, especially as they continue to lose support among the all-important independent voting bloc."
  • "Condoleezza Rice urged Qurei to back down during their July 29 meeting in Washington, saying his statements "terrify" Livni."