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Definition of horrify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈhɑrəˌfaɪ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they horrify
    he / she / it horrifies
    past simple horrified
    -ing form horrifying
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  1. 1to make someone feel extremely shocked, disgusted, or frightened synonym appall
  2. 2 horrify somebody The whole country was horrified by the kidnapping. it horrifies somebody to do something It horrified her to think that he had killed someone. it horrifies somebody that… It horrified her that he had actually killed someone. synonyms at shock
  3. Thesaurusshockappall horrify disgust sicken repulseThese words all mean to surprise and upset someone very much.shock [often passive] to surprise someone, usually in a way that upsets them:We were all shocked at the news of his death.appall to shock and upset someone very much:I was appalled at the way she spoke to her mother.horrify to make someone feel extremely shocked, upset, or frightened:The whole country was horrified by the kidnapping.disgust to make someone feel shocked and almost ill because something is so unpleasant:The level of violence in the movie really disgusted me.sicken to make someone feel very shocked, angry, and almost ill because something is so unpleasant:I was sickened by the lack of concern for the child's welfare.repulse [often passive] (somewhat formal) to make someone feel disgust or strong dislike:I was repulsed by the smell of liquor on his breath.Patterns shocked/appalled/horrified/disgusted/repulsed at somebody/something to shock/appall/horrify/disgust somebody that… to shock/appall/horrify/disgust/sicken somebody to think/see/hear… somebody's behavior shocks/appalls somebody violence/an idea shocks/appalls/horrifies/disgusts somebody
adjective He was horrified when he discovered the conditions in which they lived. She gazed at him in horrified disbelief.
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