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horror + -ify, or borrowed from Latin horrificare (cf. French horrifier). 1791, in form horrifying.
horrify (third-person singular simple present horrifies, present participle horrifying, simple past and past participle horrified)
- To cause to feel extreme apprehension or unease; to cause to experience horror.
- The haunted house horrified me, as I passed from one room to the next feeling more and more like I wasn’t going to survive.
to cause to feel extreme apprehension or unease
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “horrify”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.