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

Other Words from horrendous

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 Those institutions were often horrendous, many crammed with thousands of patients and terrible care. The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2022 Halsey is speaking out about the horrendous Tuesday (May 24) mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that has thus far taken the lives of 19 children and two teachers. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 25 May 2022 Historians will one day point to the horrendous and failed lockdown policies of the COVID era as one of our society’s worst-ever economic own goals. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, 30 June 2022 For a runner like Liang to lose his life, conditions must have been truly horrendous. Will Ford, Outside Online, 25 May 2021 The pain and struggle with mental health is horrendous. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 9 May 2022 Guyton, however, shares these horrendous posts on her social media platforms to help put a stop to this behavior. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 15 Apr. 2022 At the sentencing, the judge called Vicki the evil mastermind of a perverse and horrendous crime. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 10 Apr. 2022 Milwaukee had horrendous luck with pitching health in 1991. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Horrendous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrendous. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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

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