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 campaign had either overlooked or cynically wanted to exploit the ugly racial subtext—the president would be celebrating Juneteenth on the site of a horrendous white riot and massacre in 1921. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Trump’s Potemkin Reelection Campaign," 16 June 2020 The Lions were 3-4-1 with Stafford in the lineup, then went 0-8 without him under backups Jeff Driskel and David Blough — though a horrendous defense was also to blame. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford is a top-10 QB 'poised for career year' in 2020," 15 June 2020 Silence and isolation allows the most vulnerable to become victims of the most horrendous crimes. Jeannie Hovland, Fortune, "Missing and murdered Native Americans: How to combat the worsening crisis in the U.S.," 15 June 2020 Bringing this all together: the horrendous inequality and lousy public services of American society produces mass despair and severe social dysfunction. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "What America can learn from Nordic police," 5 June 2020 Nothing rattles or vibrates, even on horrendous roads. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Audi TT Goes All-In on Style," 1 June 2020 The United States is suffering a horrendous pandemic. Chuck Collins For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Billionaires are getting even richer from the pandemic. Enough is enough," 11 May 2020 Apple debuted an update to its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop that does away with the horrendous butterfly switch keyboard. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Do we need $4 trillion worth of real estate for parking places?," 5 May 2020 But as the horrendous toll of death and suffering from today’s modern coronavirus plague continues to climb, the time may have come to consider reviving this once common genre of public art. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: U.S. should build a memorial ‘plague column’ for COVID-19, but where? Here’s an idea," 5 May 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Horrendous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrendous. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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