Definition of horrific in English:


Syllabification: hor·ri·fic
Pronunciation: /həˈrifik


Causing horror: horrific injuries
More example sentences
  • A man suffered a horrific eye injury after he and his girlfriend were attacked by a gang of thugs as they left a pub.
  • A man suffered horrific crush injuries to his hand after he became trapped in a printing press.
  • Her injuries were so horrific that the vet had no choice but to put her to sleep.


mid 17th century: from Latin horrificus, from horrere 'tremble, shudder' (see horrid).



Pronunciation: /ik(ə)lē/
More example sentences
  • I exasperatedly remarked that they were a perfect match, they were both aesthetically hideous with horrifically competitive personalities to match.
  • The family of a teenage girl left horrifically injured after being catapulted from a white-knuckle ride told last night of the terrifying moment she realised she was going to fall.
  • York coroner Donald Coverdale has warned of the dangers of lighting bonfires with petrol after an inquest heard how a York man died when his garden fire went horrifically wrong.

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