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

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The 1970 Clean Air Act came at a time when air pollution was a horrendous, visceral problem in many cities across the country. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: The war on smog is stalling after decades of improvement," 2 July 2019 Conditions at camps run by that government contractor have been known to be horrendous. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Business as usual was a bad look for Wayfair execs," 26 June 2019 There’s something to be said for that, considering the Athletics were coming off losing two of three to the Seattle Mariners, who stumbled into Oakland on a horrendous run. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Chapman’s electric slide holds up as Athletics beat Orioles," 17 June 2019 Things have always been horrendous in Border Patrol facilities, especially for children. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children," 22 June 2019 July 6 is the 75th anniversary of the horrendous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus fire in Hartford that killed 167 people and injured more than 700. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Hartford Circus Fire, the ‘Elegant Warrior’, nonviolent action," 19 June 2019 The Warriors absorbed horrendous losses at home: by 23 to the Bucks, by 28 to the Thunder, by 20 to the Raptors, by 26 to the Lakers, by 33 to the Celtics, by 35 to the freaking Mavericks. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors have carried a heavy load from the very start of this season," 9 June 2019 Working conditions in factories were horrendous at the turn of the century. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "Many Women Who Died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Were Young Immigrants," 25 Mar. 2019 The bad patch brought disappointment and some horrendous form from several of the first team players. SI.com, "Why Stoke Should Welcome Back Record Signing Giannelli Imbula for the Upcoming Promotion Challenge," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of horrendous

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horrendous

Latin horrendus, from gerundive of horrēre

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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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