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horror

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noun hor·ror \ˈhȯr-ər, ˈhär-\

Simple Definition of horror

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of horror

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 plural :  a state of extreme depression or apprehension

Examples of horror in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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horror

adjective hor·ror

Simple Definition of horror

  • : intended to cause feelings of fear or horror

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of horror

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

1936

First Known Use of horror

1936



HORROR Defined for Kids

horror

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noun hor·ror \ˈhȯr-ər\

Definition of horror for Students

  1. 1 :  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>

  2. 2 :  a quality or thing that causes horror <They witnessed the horror of war.>




Medical Dictionary

horror

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noun hor·ror \ˈhȯr-ər, ˈhär-\

Medical Definition of horror

  1. :  painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay





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