To horrify is to cause someone to feel shocked and disturbed. It may horrify your parents if you announce that you're dropping out of school to become a professional clown.

Things that horrify you fill you with terror, shock, or disgust. It would horrify you to run into a vampire on a dark city streets, and it would also horrify you to be served raw hamburger for lunch. The emotion that arises when something horrifies you is horror, a word that's the same in Latin, with the literal meaning "a shaking, a trembling, or a shudder."

Definitions of horrify
  1. verb
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    “I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview”
    synonyms: alarm, appal, appall, dismay
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    strike with horror or terror
    type of:
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
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