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arousing terror; horrifying:
a bloodcurdling scream.
Contemporary Examples

New York City Haunted House Tries Out Serial-Killer Theme Caitlin Dickson September 30, 2012
You Should Meet My Mother The Daily Beast May 7, 2009

Historical Examples

Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Louisiana Lou William West Winter
Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
Where the Souls of Men are Calling Credo Harris
The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Tapu Of Banderah Louis Becke
The Red Year Louis Tracy

terrifying; horrifying


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