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horror

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of horror

  1. 1 the quality of inspiring intense dread or dismay <it's difficult to even begin to comprehend the horror of the Holocaust> Synonyms atrociousness, atrocity, awfulness, dreadfulness, frightfulness, ghastliness, grisliness, gruesomeness, hideousness, horridness, monstrosity, repulsiveness Related Words badness, baseness, depravedness, depravity, diabolicalness, evil, evilness, foulness, heinousness, immorality, iniquitousness, iniquity, invidiousness, sinfulness, ungodliness, viciousness, vileness, wickedness; accursedness, cursedness, deplorableness, despicableness, detestableness, execrableness, hatefulness, loathsomeness, reprehensibleness; creepiness, eeriness, fearfulness, fearsomeness, ghostliness, ghoulishness, scariness; agony, anguish, hellishness, misery, torment, torture Near Antonyms agreeableness, delightfulness, pleasantness, pleasurableness; allurement, appeal, attraction, attractiveness, desirability, desirableness

  2. 2 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness <had never experienced the horrors of war> Synonyms agony, Gehenna, hell, misery, murder, nightmare, torment, tortureRelated Words affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms heaven, paradise

  3. 3 something unpleasant to look at <are you really going to hang that horror on the wall?> Synonyms fright, hideosity, eyesore, mess, monstrosity, sightRelated Words eye-catcher; blot, smear, smudge, spot, stainNear Antonyms vision

  4. 4 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger <imagine my horror at finding myself face to face with a lion on the loose> Synonyms alarm (also alarum), anxiety, dread, fearfulness, fright, fear, panic, scare, terror, trepidationRelated Words phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousnessNear Antonyms aplomb, assurance, boldness, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, intrepidity, intrepidness, stoutness, valor; audacity, guts, nerve

  5. 5 a dislike so strong as to cause stomach upset or queasiness <cat lover or no, she regards cleaning the litter box with horror> Synonyms aversion, distaste, disgust, loathing, nausea, repugnance, repulsion, revulsionRelated Words abhorrence, abomination, antipathy, execration, hate, hatred; allergy, averseness, disapproval, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, displeasureNear Antonyms appetite, bent, fancy, favor, fondness, like, liking, love, partiality, penchant, predilection, preference, propensity, relish, shine, taste, use




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