noun hor·ror \ˈhr-ər, ˈhär-\

: a very strong feeling of fear, dread, and shock

: the quality of something that causes feelings of fear, dread, and shock : the horrible or shocking quality or character of something

: something that causes feelings of fear, dread, and shock : something that is shocking and horrible

Full Definition of HORROR

a :  painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay <astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me — H. G. Wells>
b :  intense aversion or repugnance
a :  the quality of inspiring horror :  repulsive, horrible, or dismal quality or character <contemplating the horror of their lives — Liam O'Flaherty>
b :  something that inspires horror
plural :  a state of extreme depression or apprehension

Examples of HORROR

  1. There was a look of horror on her face.
  2. The crowd watched in horror as the fire spread.
  3. His friends were shocked by the horror of his death.
  4. His crimes were unspeakable horrors.
  5. His memoirs recount the horrors of the war.

Origin of HORROR

Middle English horrour, from Anglo-French *orur, from Latin horror action of bristling, from horrēre to bristle, shiver; akin to Sanskrit harṣate he is excited
First Known Use: 14th century



: intended to cause feelings of fear or horror

Full Definition of HORROR

:  calculated to inspire feelings of dread or horror :  bloodcurdling <a horror movie>

First Known Use of HORROR

HORROR Defined for Kids


noun hor·ror \ˈhr-ər\

Definition of HORROR for Kids

:  great fear, dread, or shock <All the children stared in horror at Pippi, and the teacher explained that one couldn't answer that way at school. — Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking>
:  a quality or thing that causes horror <They witnessed the horror of war.>
Medical Dictionary


noun hor·ror \ˈhr-ər, ˈhär-\

Medical Definition of HORROR

:  painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay


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