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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Examples of horrendous in a Sentence

Her taste in clothes is horrendous. a horrendous explosion shook the building

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More than five hours of horrendous pain, nausea, and vomiting later, I was done. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Even so, having the worst pitching staff according to fWAR along with a horrendous offense (bottom eight in runs scored and wRC+) means this team is well on its way to 100 losses. 29. Lorenzo Arguello, SI.com, "MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Phillies and Brewers On the Rise," 26 Apr. 2018 Christina Ricci plays investigative journalist Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, who went undercover to expose the horrendous conditions and treatment at the notorious Women's Lunatic Asylum in Roosevelt Island. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Christina Ricci Is Glad Social Media Didn't Exist When She Was a Young Star," 19 Jan. 2019 The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Wrote a Powerful Letter About Manchester in Her New Documentary—Read It Here," 30 Nov. 2018 The Khashoggi affair is a particularly horrendous violation of norms. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why the US won’t break up with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder," 20 Nov. 2018 How could some man, for whatever reason, become a monster and steal my friend’s life in a heinous, horrendous way? Courtney Lund O’neil, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Serial Killer, a Receipt, and My Mom: Haunted by the Murder of 33 Boys," 31 Oct. 2018 The Trump administration has repeatedly pointed to the horrendous crimes of MS-13 as a justification for the current crackdown. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Orphans from Colombia get a taste of life in America. And many may get to stay.," 30 June 2018 Because, as sure as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post Partum Depression are real, horrendous and debilitating, DTSD is its own kind of monster. Dg Fulford, Woman's Day, "Lifestyle," 24 Jan. 2011

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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-\

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: very bad horrendous traffic horrendous trouble

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