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Line breaks: hor|rible
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒrɪb(ə)l

Definition of horrible in English:


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.
1.1 informal Very unpleasant: the tea tasted horrible
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  • 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.


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



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.


[as submodifier]: the plan had gone horribly wrong
More example sentences
  • It was one of those situations where most of the words made sense on their own but put them together and it all goes horribly wrong!
  • An argument with the boyfriend she adored had gone suddenly, horribly, wrong.
  • It should be a cracking afternoon for the neutral, and a horribly nervous afternoon for those involved.

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