verb (used with object), ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing.

  1. to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid.

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

  1. (tr) to inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly

v.1570s, from Latin terrificare “to frighten,” from terrificus “causing terror” (see terrific). Related: Terrified; terrifying.

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