If you describe something as horrifying, you mean that it is shocking or disgusting.

These were horrifying experiences...

The scale of the problem is horrifying.

Derived words:
horrifyingly ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with v

...horrifyingly high levels of infant mortality...

The two cars cartwheeled horrifyingly into the sand trap at the first corner.

English dictionary. 2008.

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