That Word: Terrify (16)

That Word is a segment where I will be posting a new word each week. They are words that I’ve newly discovered or words I’ve known but wanted to be more thorough in knowing the meaning. This could be for you writer’s like myself looking carefully into the words we use or it could be for those people who are just interested in all kinds of different words. No matter which one you are, this post is for you. This week’s word is…




Where I Discovered It

It’s not an uncommon word, but is an emotion that one can feel that I wanted to share.



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

Different Forms: terrified, terrifying

Definition sourced from



According to the word terrify originated from around 1565 -75, beginning with the Latin terrificāre equivalent to terr(ēre) meaning to frighten. As well as the addition of -ificāre or -ify.

Example Sentences

The sudden appearance of the bear terrified the young girl.

The illegal experiments were sure to terrify the subjects but for progress it was necessary.


My Thoughts

Terrify is not an uncommon word. It’s a word that at that for me I thought of when I started Uni at the beginning of this year as it was both terrifying and exciting.

It may be a common word but, it’s one definition makes its use quite an effective one to use. I feel I can always be sure i know what terrify means.

As for how terrify sounds, I find it one of the simpler words of the english language. You would think that the i makes an i sound, but no, according to it actually makes more of an ‘uh’ sound. In some ways I think these two sounds sound really similar.


Have you heard of or used terrify before? Would you use it in the future? What are your thoughts?

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