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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to feel horror. See Synonyms at dismay.
  • transitive v. To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to feel extreme apprehension or unease; to cause to experience horror.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cause to feel horror; to strike or impress with horror.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to feel horror; strike or impress with horror.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

Etymologies

Latin horrificāre, from horrificus, horrific; see horrific.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
horror +‎ -ify. 1791, in form horrifying. (Wiktionary)

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