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  • adv. In a terrifying manner.

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Examples

  • Characters brighten into glowing complexity and then, trampled by the “march of time,” are all but extinguished in terrifyingly casual flash-forwards that, within the space of a paragraph, effectively write off all the writing that’s been devoted to them.

    New Fiction

  • And in Max Ophüls's masterly "Caught" 1949, Ryan is a terrifyingly narcissistic, piercingly lonely control freak who marries to spite his psychiatrist.

    Hollywood's Heroic Villain

  • If it serves as a wake up call, it should be to the fact that the veneer of civilization can be terrifyingly thin.

    London Is Burning

  • A collection that showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his terrifyingly entertaining dark sense of humor.

    Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman: Book summary

  • He has on-the-ground knowledge of the sometimes terrifyingly high and remote places these people lived that few of us will ever see.

    Bird Cloud

  • The reason is the institutionalized oppression inherent in Islamic law, under which religious minorities are stripped of their legal, religious and social freedoms, and forced to live as second-class citizens or "dhimmis," in a precarious and terrifyingly vulnerable state of existence.

    Egypt Is Not as Tolerant as Mr. Boutros-Ghali Opines

  • In our world, such a promise is illusory, as already demonstrated in the past at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, and now so terrifyingly underway in Japan.

    Sheldon Filger: Nuclear Power Reactors Do Not Belong on the Surface of the Earth

  • Given all that, Reid's only hope was to turn his opponent not just into an unacceptable alternative, but a terrifyingly, hideously, unthinkably awful one.

    Did Harry Reid succeed?

  • Often beginning as a stomach bug or flu, it can go on to kill terrifyingly fast.

    Sharing Personal Story - Meningococcus

  • And one we just barely missed, the narrative usefully—terrifyingly—reminds us with all the persuasiveness one would expect from the show's executive producer, Joel Surnow, co-creator of "24," and writer Stephen Kronish, also a "24" veteran.

    The Series They Tried to Block

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