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 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 Despite the longest bull market in modern history, which ended in March, investors in the stock market have had to endure three horrendous bear markets since the start of 2000. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Bonds Beat Stocks Over the Last 20 Years," 1 May 2020 Close to 20 news stories portraying the horrendous situation were abruptly deleted after they were posted. Shawn Yuan, Wired, "Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup," 1 May 2020 Making me eat liver wouldn't make me like it, and having my own kid wouldn't make me like the idea anymore — and what a horrendous thing to wish on a human, that they be born to someone who doesn't want them. NBC News, "I love my child-free life. Why do other people have such a problem with it?," 24 Aug. 2019 It could be seen as negligent for the school district to ignore these horrendous but eye-opening reports. Anchorage Daily News, "9 questions: Anchorage School Board candidate James Smallwood," 28 Mar. 2020 However, the free world groans under horrendous losses of Beijing’s making. Lewis Libby, National Review, "To Protect the Future, Hold China to Account," 21 Mar. 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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15 May 2020

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“Horrendous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrendous. Accessed 29 May. 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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