Meaning of TERRIFYING in English


ter ‧ ri ‧ fy ‧ ing /ˈterəfaɪ-ɪŋ, ˈterɪfaɪ-ɪŋ/ BrE AmE adjective

extremely frightening

terrifying experience/ordeal

He told her of his terrifying experience.

terrifying screams

It was absolutely terrifying.

—terrifyingly adverb

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■ very frightening

▪ terrifying extremely frightening:

a terrifying thought


The experience was absolutely terrifying.


She spoke of the terrifying ordeal (=a very bad experience) when three armed men burst into her house.

▪ hair-raising very frightening and involving danger, in a way that is exciting:

hair-raising stories


a hair-raising motorcycle ride through the streets of Havana

▪ spine-chilling very frightening – used about films, stories etc that involve frightening or cruel events:

a spine-chilling novel by Stephen King

▪ blood-curdling especially literary [only before noun] very frightening – used especially about sounds:

a blood-curdling scream


a blood-curdling growl

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.