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horrible

Syllabification: hor·ri·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈhôrəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of horrible in English:

adjective

1Causing or likely to cause horror; shocking: a horrible massacre
More example sentences
  • She will never be able to forget it, never be free from the horrible memory that this attack will leave her with.
  • The horrible memory had temporarily overtaken her but now she was back in reality.
  • I think we are all waiting for someone to wake us and say it was just a horrible nightmare.
Synonyms
dreadful, awful, terrible, shocking, appalling, horrifying, horrific, horrendous, horrid, hideous, grisly, ghastly, gruesome, gory, harrowing, heinous, vile, unspeakable;
nightmarish, macabre, spine-chilling, blood-curdling;
1.1 informal Very unpleasant: the tea tasted horrible
More example sentences
  • While in hospital he was given build-up drinks which he disliked, and the food was horrible.
  • Everybody always used to eat porridge in Scotland and then we went onto the horrible sugary cereals.
  • It was a horrible gameshow in which the contestants' children were put in danger as their price of entry.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrere 'tremble, shudder' (see horrid).

Derivatives

horribleness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The ensuing chain of escalating horribleness is complicated further by Banek's suspicions about his firm's integrity and Gipson's attempt to secure a house loan which might keep his wife from moving halfway across the country.
  • The galactic horribleness of this movie can be summed up in one scene, where our gymnast hero is being pursued by bad guys through a suitably Eastern European looking village.
  • One day your mind will be liberated from the horribleness of your masochistic Puritan upbringing and you will revel in proper laziness, like in Europe.

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