hor·​ri·​ble | \ ˈhȯr-ə-bəl , ˈhär-\

Definition of horrible

1 : marked by or arousing painful and intense fear, dread, dismay, or aversion : marked by or arousing horror a horrible accident
2 : extremely bad or unpleasant a horrible mistake horrible food

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Other Words from horrible

horrible noun
horribleness noun
horribly \ ˈhȯr-​ə-​blē , ˈhär-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrible in a Sentence

He suffered a horrible death. The crime scene was too horrible to describe. The team had a horrible season last year. He realized that he had made a horrible mistake.
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Something this bulky, which encourages shorter mouse movements, is also horrible for gaming—the company’s G502 Proteus Spectrum is more flexible there. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 What’s more, our frivolous impulse buys are absolutely horrible for the planet. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Black Friday, Explained: A Complete History," 23 Nov. 2018 The Flex 2 and the Alta HR are better to sleep with than the Charge 3, but that doesn't make the experience of snoozing with the Charge 3 horrible. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018 Something horrible is going on, something out of shot. New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Look at This?," 24 May 2018 Suddenly, our awkward family dinners on Thanksgiving don't seem so horrible. Madison Medeiros, refinery29.com, "Camilla Is Spilling Royal Family Tea About Meghan Markle," 23 May 2018 What’s been reported is horrible and something no person should go through. Jim Mustian, The Seattle Times, "Uber driver charged with kidnapping New York woman," 17 Oct. 2018 And auditions are insane and stupid and horrible and weird and make no sense. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How The Good Place’s D’Arcy Carden became Janet," 15 Sep. 2018 This is someone who is highly knowledgeable of women being cycled through for horrible and degrading behavior by someone who was an absolute monster. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of horrible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for horrible

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

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English Language Learners Definition of horrible

: causing horror : very shocking and upsetting
: very bad or unpleasant


hor·​ri·​ble | \ ˈhȯr-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of horrible

1 : causing horror : terrible a horrible crash
2 : very unpleasant a horrible smell

Other Words from horrible

horribly \ -​blē \ adverb

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to deny responsibility for

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