tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid: "She was terrified that he would lie to her" (Jodi Picoult). See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To drive or force by arousing fear: "The few who survived had long ago been terrified into complete intellectual surrender" (George Orwell).
[Latin terrificāre, from terrificus, terrific; see TERRIFIC.]
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