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 Tax collections, a full 1 percentage point of GDP lower than the 7.9% the government had hoped for last year, continue to be horrendous. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Modi Finds His Inner Thatcher," 23 Nov. 2019 In summertime, the advantages of 20-hour daylight are offset by horrendous swarms of mosquitoes, among other challenges. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 Either that or the power play for each team was horrendous. Twin Cities, "On Canadian Thanksgiving, Wild grateful for Alex Stalock — and season’s first win," 14 Oct. 2019 The problem is, New Mexico State’s run defense is so horrendous, the Crimson Tide could score 42 in the first half without passing. Christopher Smith, al, "Week 2 SEC football betting preview," 7 Sep. 2019 His teacher awarded him comeback player of the year (the sports metaphor being that such an award is predicated on a truly horrendous prior season). Mike Mikula, Washington Post, "What happened when my son slacked his way through algebra and we didn’t bail him out," 8 Aug. 2019 The 2001 season was horrendous for Detroit under Millen and first-time head coach Marty Mornhinweg. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "If Detroit Lions' Barry Sanders played longer, here's how history would have changed," 18 July 2019 That’s horrendous value for a second-round pick for a team that worships at the altar of value. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Some thoughts on changes in the Patriots’ roster composition," 1 Sep. 2019 Freeland, who underwent a midseason demotion to Triple-A Albuquerque after a horrendous start, is 3-11 with a 6.98 ERA in 20 starts. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Kyle Freeland heads to injured list with groin strain; Rockies recall reliever Wes Parsons from Triple-A," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Horrendous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrendous?show=0&t=1294166498. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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