Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause to feel horror.
  • transitive verb To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin horrificāre, from horrificus, horrific; see horrific.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

horror +‎ -ify. 1791, in form horrifying.

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