Definition of horrendous in English:


Line breaks: hor¦ren|dous
Pronunciation: /hɒˈrɛndəs


  • Extremely unpleasant, horrifying, or terrible: she suffered horrendous injuries
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    • The victims have suffered a horrendous ordeal and quite appalling injuries in the case of Mr Francis.
    • It's great for Roger because he's had a hard time since he suffered a horrendous injury last season.
    • The poster showing the Jack Russell's horrendous injuries can be seen in the background.



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  • Replacing old aircraft parts is now horrendously expensive, and the price of buying new aeroplanes, well, almost impossible.
  • Despite it being horrendously windy, it was still warm.
  • The phone companies' arrays of mobile phone ‘plans’ are horrendously complicated and hard to compare.


mid 17th century: from Latin horrendus (gerundive of horrere '(of hair) stand on end') + -ous.

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