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 (hôr′ə-fī′, hŏr′-)
tr.v. hor·ri·fied, hor·ri·fy·ing, hor·ri·fies
1. To cause to feel horror: The citizens were horrified by the bombings. The guest was horrified at the rudeness of what he had said.
2. To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock: "I ... passed a mirror ... & was horrified at the shabbiness of my hat" (Margaret Suckley).

[Latin horrificāre, from horrificus, horrific; see horrific.]

hor′ri·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
hor′ri·fy′ing·ly adv.
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(16.) Anderson, Sam (2009), "Sussex Chainsaw Massacre: The Horrification of Jane Austen," http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/58847/, 2009, (accessed March 22, 2011).
But, apparently for all intents and purposes, the Zionist threat does not pose a great worry to the Saudi regime or its temporal partners, as the Saudi view has come to be seen lately as being more eye to eye with the Israelis, on many matters, especially on the horrification of Iran as well as Hizb-Allah.
Further mining his own data, Athens moved beyond the typology of violent actors to create a four-stage, developmental pattern of "violentization" in which actors move through four separate and escalating stages:brutalization (in which subjects undergo violent subjugation, personal horrification through viewing others being brutalized and violent coaching); belligerency (in which they resolve to use serious violence only if greatly provoked and think they have a chance of prevailing in a given situation); violent performances (in which subjects intentionally hurt someone and are successful in doing so); and virulency (in which they become arrogant, even boastful, in their violence).