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adjective hor·ri·ble \ˈhȯr-ə-bəl, ˈhär-\

Definition of horrible

  1. 1 :  marked by or arousing painful and intense fear, dread, dismay, or aversion :  marked by or arousing horror a horrible accident

  2. 2 :  extremely bad or unpleasant a horrible mistake horrible food

horrible

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horribleness

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horribly

play \ˈhȯr-ə-blē, ˈhär-\ adverb

Examples of horrible in a Sentence

  1. He suffered a horrible death.

  2. The crime scene was too horrible to describe.

  3. The team had a horrible season last year.

  4. He realized that he had made a horrible mistake.

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Origin and Etymology of horrible

Middle English orrible, horrible, from Anglo-French, from Latin horribilis, from horrēre


HORRIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of horrible for English Language Learners

  • : causing horror : very shocking and upsetting

  • : very bad or unpleasant


HORRIBLE Defined for Kids

horrible

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adjective hor·ri·ble \ˈhȯr-ə-bəl\

Definition of horrible for Students

  1. 1 :  causing horror :  terrible a horrible crash

  2. 2 :  very unpleasant a horrible smell

horribly

\-blē\ adverb


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