1Causing or likely to cause horror; shocking: a horrible massacre
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- 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.
dreadful, horrifying, horrific, horrendous, frightful, fearful, awful, terrible, shocking, appalling, hideous, grim, grisly, ghastly, harrowing, gruesome, heinous, vile, nightmarish, macabre, unspeakable, hair-raising, spine-chilling;
loathsome, monstrous, abhorrent, detestable, hateful, execrable, abominable, atrocious, sickening, nauseating
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.
nasty, disagreeable, unpleasant, horrid, awful, dreadful, terrible, appalling, horrendous, disgusting, foul, revolting, repulsive, repellent, ghastly;
obnoxious, hateful, odious, objectionable, offensive, insufferable, vile, loathsome, abhorrent
informal frightful, lousy, God-awful, hellish
British informal beastly, grotty, bitchy, catty
Northern Irish informal bogging
North American informal hellacious
archaic disgustful, loathly
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- 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.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrere 'tremble, shudder' (see horrid).
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