Adjective "terrify" definition and examples

(Terrify may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Cause to feel extreme fear.
  1. 'he is terrified of spiders'
  2. 'the terrifying events of the past few weeks'
  3. 'Liz said witnessing Jacob's stroke was the most terrifying thing she had ever seen.'
  4. 'One reason for the shortage is road rage, which is terrifying the life out of some crossing wardens.'
  5. 'Since that terrifying night she has been afraid to open her front door or go out among strangers.'
  6. '"We are terrified to go out at night because it is absolutely pitch black.'
  7. 'It was terrifying making such a big commitment, particularly with planning it for so long.'
  8. 'He increasingly tries to terrify them rather than reassure them.'
  9. 'To me, the more terrifying thing is when you find out that an actor that you admire is in the audience.'
  10. 'Some parts of the job I could do with my eyes closed, other parts baffle and terrify me.'
  11. 'A robber who used a fake gun to terrify a shop assistant, sparking an armed police hunt, has been jailed for six years.'
  12. 'Funny how I can watch all sorts of horror movies for hours and not get scared while that movie and its sequel terrify me!'

More definitions

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

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be terrify in/at/on days."

"people can be terrify by reminders."

"people can be terrify."


Late 16th century: from Latin terrificare, from terrificus ‘frightening’ (see terrific).