Definition of horror in English:


Line breaks: hor¦ror
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒrə


  • 1 [mass noun] An intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust: children screamed in horror
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    • 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.
    terror, fear, fear and trembling, fearfulness, fright, alarm, panic, dread, trepidation
  • 1.1A thing causing a feeling of horror: photographs showed the horror of the tragedy [count noun]: the horrors of civil war
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    • 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 film
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    • 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 machine
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    • 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!
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    • 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 dictionary
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    • 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.
    hate, detest, loathe, greatly dislike, have a strong aversion to, abhor, abominate, be unable to bear/stand
  • 1.6 (the horrors) An attack of extreme nervousness or anxiety: the mere thought of it gives me the horrors


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

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