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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The surgery itself was horrible, but my nurse held my hand through it. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018 Another blow of horrible news in a day where there was nothing but. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "1 in custody following shooting in Boutte area: SCPSO," 18 May 2018 The week started and ended with horrible injury news for the Dodgers. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Gleyber Torres, Fernando Romero Are Here; Yankees Welcome Red Sox," 7 May 2018 Regardless of this story’s possible connections to an NFL player, a fellow human being suffered a horrible and life-altering experience. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Laura Bush Condemns Trump Family Separation Policy as ‘Cruel’ and ‘Immoral’," 18 June 2018 Meanwhile, the monsters who committed this horrible crime roam free. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Sandrea Williams, 17, was just starting her life and should not be dead | Jenice Armstrong," 17 May 2018 But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. Michael M. Grynbaum, BostonGlobe.com, "Comic routine sets off a furor at an annual Washington dinner," 1 May 2018 The expansion fee is a horrible deal for those buying in. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc has a name for our MLS stadium: Welcome to FUBAR Field, FC Cincinnati!," 16 Apr. 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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