hor·​ri·​ble | \ ˈhȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce horrible (audio) , 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 How to pronounce horribly (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web The Crown implies, in season two, that the horrible plane crash that led to Philip's sister Cecile's death was, at least in part, his fault. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Fact-Checking Prince Philip's Portrayal on 'The Crown'," 17 Nov. 2019 Lomas insists it’s high time to forget about the hatred for candy corn, a treat which Deadspin has called horrible and Buzzfeed once said tasted worse than hot dog water. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "The Best Halloween Party Snack Ideas That Will Haunt Your Friends Forever, According to Pastry Chefs," 25 Oct. 2019 Yes, the conditions were horrible for both teams, but Kentucky’s defensive performance still deserves praise. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "What we learned from Kentucky football's shutout loss at Georgia," 20 Oct. 2019 Fake snub or not, the 49ers dominated them from start to finish and made Mayfield (eight completions, 100 yards, 2 picks, 1 lost fumble, four sacks, 13.2 rating) look horrible. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Richard Sherman says Baker Mayfield ‘definitely deserves an apology’ for handshake mess and ‘my bad’," 9 Oct. 2019 RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears The Bears offense has looked horrible and Cohen saw a shift from his usage in Week 1. Adam Ronis, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Christian Kirk Up, Phillip Lindsay Down," 18 Sep. 2019 So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions! cleveland.com, "Few prominent Republicans speak out against Trump’s racist tweets," 15 July 2019 Last night, Devin was in shock, a little bit confused and just exhausted after a horrible, long day. NBC News, "Harrowing stories emerge of Mexican highway ambush survivors," 5 Nov. 2019 Of course there was so much suffering also, but the feeling of being there specifically wasn't horrible—there was something church-like about it. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: Why the Filming Locations for the Harriet Tubman Movie Were So Important," 1 Nov. 2019

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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 orible, horrible, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin horribilis, from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle (of hair, weapons, plants), shudder, shiver" + -ibilis "capable of exhibiting or causing (the action of the verb)" — more at horror entry 1, -able

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The first known use of horrible was in the 14th century

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30 Nov 2019

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“Horrible.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horribly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=horrib02. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce horrible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of horrible

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


hor·​ri·​ble | \ ˈhȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce horrible (audio) \

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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