hor·​ren·​dous | \ hȯ-ˈren-dəs How to pronounce horrendous (audio) , hä-, hə- \

Definition of horrendous

: extremely bad or unpleasant : horrible, dreadful His audition was horrendous. horrendous crimes

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horrendously adverb

Examples of horrendous in a Sentence

Her taste in clothes is horrendous. a horrendous explosion shook the building
Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration has largely refrained from mentioning former President Donald Trump and his horrendous legacy — a legacy that includes denying science, blurring the responsibility for his family separation policy and much more. Mika Brzezinski, NBC News, 11 June 2021 Thankfully, it's been restored and now sees the light of day as an affecting allegory about the fears of growing old, starring Lincoln Maazel as an aging man facing nightmarish rides and horrendous treatment by fellow human beings. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 As the world begins to migrate away from the horrendous effects of the COV ID-19 pandemic, the surging costs to procure food around the globe are taking center-stage. Phil Kafarakis, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The boy who once felt invisible, had found a horrendous way to get the world's attention. Tracy Smith, CBS News, 29 May 2021 That’s the heartening news here, that the organization will not tolerate these kinds of actions, and anyone who demonstrates such horrendous behavior will get thrown out and banned. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2021 Breanna Stewart had 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Storm (6-1) After a horrendous start this game, the Lynx somehow crept within 27-23 by the end of the first quarter. Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 How much money should the coalition addressing Cleveland’s horrendous lead paint problem get from the enormous stimulus package coming the city’s way? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 26 May 2021 FanDuel has the Lakers as a 2-point favorite, despite the Game 1 loss on Sunday an a horrendous shooting performance from Anthony Davis. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of horrendous

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horrendous

Latin horrendus "inspiring terror or awe, dreadful" (gerundive of horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle, shudder, shiver") + -ous — more at horror entry 1

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The first known use of horrendous was in 1659

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15 Jun 2021

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“Horrendous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrendous. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horrendous

: very bad or unpleasant


hor·​ren·​dous | \ hȯ-ˈren-dəs How to pronounce horrendous (audio) , hä-, hə- \

Kids Definition of horrendous

: very bad horrendous traffic horrendous trouble


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