- 1An intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust: children screamed in horrorMore example sentences
- But Toby doesn't react with horror or disgust or shock, instead complaining that Bree lied to him.
- Shock, horror, disgust impinge on our sense of ourselves, creating a sense of crisis as our sense of completeness and comfort is threatened.
- Judy gasped in shock and horror, paralyzed with disgust and unbridled rage as Sarah stormed out of the room.
- 1.1A thing causing a feeling of fear, shock, or disgust: photographs showed the horror of the tragedy the horrors of civil warMore example sentences
- But there was another horror, one as difficult to believe.
- Or come back later for some thoughts on how to effectively counter that horror.
- Name your disaster, horror or tragedy, no matter how grotesque, and there will be someone making a joke of it somewhere.
- 1.2A literary or film genre concerned with arousing feelings of horror: [as modifier]: a horror movieMore example sentences
- This is also one reason why I remain so steadfastly resolute about concentrating on fantasy, science fiction and horror film.
- The work was a breakthrough, spawning the birth of two literary genres: science-fiction and horror fiction.
- The science fiction and horror genres have often served as mirrors of the troubles and fears of the time.
- 1.3Intense dismay: to her horror she found that a thief had stolen the machineMore example sentences
- Imagine my horror and dismay when upon arriving at home and inserting batteries into it, it refused to work!
- Both Harold and Vita viewed the rise of socialism with horror and dismay.
- Schröder's announcement of an early election unleashed a wave of horror, dismay and rebellion in the ranks of the Greens.
- 1.4 [as exclamation] (horrors) chiefly • humorous Used to express dismay: horrors, two buttons were missing!More example sentences
- That would be a little like a Survivor Magazine Show - horrors!
- Having shown their own disregard for Parliamentary convention they then affect outrage when the original sponsor got understandably irate and - oh horrors!
- Their nasty-yet-comic raison d' être: better being a wandering gigolo than having to go off and get real jobs or - horrors!
- 1.5 [in singular] Intense dislike: many have a horror of consulting a dictionaryMore example sentences
- I've trained myself to it in recent years, having a horror of the way some older citizens sink into a smelly, grubby state as they age, and being determined to avoid falling into the same trap.
- Newman had a horror of ‘picture-making,’ almost a wish to transcend his medium.
- They were the work of a determined minority of clergy and liturgists who had a horror of anything smacking of the transcendent.
- 2 • informal A bad or mischievous person, especially a child: that little horror Zach was aroundMore example sentences
- As in every culture, where all other Indians in the story are proud and honourable, Emiliano happens to be a horror of almost fantastical proportions.
- He thinks Anse is a horror of a human being to throw Darl down in the public street and handcuff him and to pour concrete on Cash's leg, forever destroying it.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin horror, from horrere 'tremble, shudder' (see horrid).