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horrible

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adjective hor·ri·ble \ˈhȯr-ə-bəl, ˈhär-\

Simple Definition of horrible

  • : causing horror : very shocking and upsetting

  • : very bad or unpleasant

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of horrible

  1. 1 :  marked by or arousing horror <a horrible accident>

  2. 2 :  extremely bad or unpleasant <a horrible mistake> <horrible food>

horrible

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horribleness

noun

horribly

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of horrible in a sentence

  1. He suffered a horrible death.

  2. The crime scene was too horrible to describe.

  3. The team had a horrible season last year.

  4. He realized that he had made a horrible mistake.



Origin and Etymology of horrible

Middle English orrible, horrible, from Anglo-French, from Latin horribilis, from horrēre


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with horrible


HORRIBLE Defined for Kids

horrible

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adjective hor·ri·ble \ˈhȯr-ə-bəl\

Definition of horrible for Students

  1. 1 :  causing horror :  terrible <a horrible crash>

  2. 2 :  very unpleasant <a horrible smell>

horribly

\-blē\ adverb




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