hor·​rif·​ic | \ hȯ-ˈri-fik How to pronounce horrific (audio) , hä-\

Definition of horrific

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

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horrifically \ hȯ-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce horrifically (audio) , hä-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world

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Even if Tacitus’s claim of nearly eighty thousand British deaths during the final battle at which Boudica gave her rallying cry is an implausibly high figure, there was a horrific loss of life in the course of the conflict. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Warnings to Be Found in Sheep Grazing in a London Park," 3 Sep. 2019 But an intestinal disorder, a horrific bicycle crash and assorted ailments kept getting in the way. Doug Williams, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego triathlete’s training gives life balance," 2 Sep. 2019 Here’s the director describing the title character, aspiring Gotham City stand-up comic Arthur Fleck, aka Joker, whose horrific origin story drives this picture. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker,’ debuting at Venice, looks like ‘Taxi Driver’ with echoes of Reagan and Trump," 31 Aug. 2019 The arcs described by the chains loosely trace the paths taken by slave ships between major ports across the Atlantic, outlining these horrific voyages with a type of jewelry now ironically considered a classic black urban fashion accessory. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "An urgent look at 400 years of history: ‘Black Atlantic’ exhibit in Oberlin explores impact of slavery," 25 Aug. 2019 This horrific depiction of the reality and cost of war should be required reading for those who romanticize warfare or send young people into harm. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "An amazing military career in elite forces brought to life by the warrior who lived it," 24 Aug. 2019 But for that vision to be realized, companies need to make sure a plummeting drone won't cause a horrific injury to innocent passersby below. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When a Drone Crashes Into Your Face?," 22 Aug. 2019 The 27-year-old had a horrific outing during the 49ers’ second preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night. Henry Mckenna, For The Win, "Jimmy Garoppolo finished his preseason start with a 0.0 QB rating, and fans freaked out," 19 Aug. 2019 Absent any physical markers of its short existence, the Camel Corps is now only an asterisk in the turbulent, often horrific history of western settlement. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "The Forgotten History Behind ‘Inland’," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horrific

borrowed from French & Latin; French horrifique, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin horrificus "inspiring awe or dread, frightening," from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle, shudder, shiver" + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic — more at horror entry 1

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The first known use of horrific was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of horrific

: causing horror or shock

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