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terrify (one) into (something)

1. To cause, compel, or force one to do something through the use of fear or intimidation. The salesperson at the shop terrified me into buying gadget insurance for my new phone. The news report terrified me into changing the passwords for all my online accounts.
2. To cause one to enter into some state because of extreme fear. My husband's horrible outburst terrified me into a stunned silence. The horrible image onscreen terrified the children in the audience into hysteric tears.
See also: terrify

terrify (one) out of (something or some place)

1. To cause, compel, or force one to leave something or some place through the use of fear or intimidation. Marauders have been terrifying local residents out of their homes. The fear of infection from the deadly disease has terrified thousands of people out of the region.
2. To cause, compel, or force one not to do something because of extreme fear. The thought of what would happen if the parachute failed to open has terrified me out of ever wanting to go skydiving. The news report terrified me out of traveling anywhere on an airplane.
See also: of, out, terrify

terrify someone into something

 and terrorize someone into something
to threaten or frighten someone into doing something. The salesman is just trying to terrify you into buying a new car by saying the one you have is dangerous. They tried to terrorize people into staying off the streets.
See also: terrify

terrify someone or an animal out of something

1. to terrify someone or an animal to leave something or some place. The attackers terrified the farmers out of their homes. The snake terrified the gophers out of their burrow.
2. to cause someone or an animal to lose something through fear. They tried to terrify the old lady out of her money, but she refused to tell where it was. The eagle terrified the hawk out of the food it was holding.
See also: animal, of, out, terrify
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Actor Bill Skarsgrd, who brought to life the terrifying entity Pennywise, also suggested to Metro that a sequel would showcase 'more exploration for who Pennywise is.
Created especially for the Brighton Fringe festival, Mr Edgar Allan Poe's Terrifying Tales marks an expansion in Tin Shed Company's repertoire and further establishes the company as one which is willing to take risks and create unique work in unlikely spaces.
It must have been a very terrifying ordeal for both him and his family.
Sematically, Big Boy's horrified response opens a space between the words "woman" and "white," then collapses it, with emphasis, into a single terrifying idea, "white woman," which, semiotically, expresses a vertiginous proliferation of irrevocable meanings that each boy immediately understands: their lives are in mortal danger, and the "crime" they have committed is punishable in unspeakable ways-beatings, public humiliation, adjudicated fines and/or imprisonment, and greater still, "their" crime summons the specter of family suffering, loss of property, and death.
Instead he specializes in dangerous people--the self-styled mercenaries, the fanatic revolutionaries, and terrifying "militia" killers who infest so much of the globe.
This work gave the practice symptoms, a progression, and a terrifying prognosis and then hawked a cure as did most quack medical pamphlets of the day.
Troeger keenly observes that resurrection is terrifying before it is empowering because resurrection gives more freedom to Christ than most believers want their Savior to have.
Besford admitted cruelly terrifying or torturing a kitten and Cooke admitted two charges of cruelly terrifying mice.
Some child psychiatrists suggest that books dealing with children's unspoken fears can help them contend with inexplicable and terrifying events in real life.
They are dangerous, terrifying and downright noisy.
The high points were provided by Roland's performances throughout, but particularly as the Hindu widow committing suttee (ritual suicide) in "Pyre," choreographed primarily by Parsons, and by McIntyre's performance in "Sherpa," a terrifying episode accompanied by the sounds of an avalanche in which a mountaineer is pulled from his bed by the sherpa's ghost and whirled above the stage in a dance of death.
How can anyone ever have seriously thought that the great celebrational buildings of the evil state, intended themselves to be terrifying, could possibly be free of the disgusting mechanisms that helped drive it?
The IFG is down on both because, as its president Jerry Mander puts it, "We are in the terrifying situation in which a few billionaires colonize the minds of millions of people, teach people to hate where they live, worship McDonald's, and trust corporations.
In Lithuania, "the exemplary behaviour of so many Lithuanian believers in such terrifying circumstances is one of the many reasons for hope in the human future of a bloody century.