horror

noun
hor·​ror | \ ˈhȯr-ər How to pronounce horror (audio) , ˈhär-\

Definition of horror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me— H. G. Wells
b : intense aversion or repugnance
2a : the quality of inspiring horror : repulsive, horrible, or dismal quality or character contemplating the horror of their lives— Liam O'Flaherty
b : something that inspires horror
3 horrors plural : a state of extreme depression or apprehension

horror

adjective

Definition of horror (Entry 2 of 2)

: calculated to inspire feelings of dread or horror a horror movie

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Examples of horror in a Sentence

Noun

There was a look of horror on her face. The crowd watched in horror as the fire spread. His friends were shocked by the horror of his death. His crimes were unspeakable horrors. His memoirs recount the horrors of the war.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most recent trailer for spooky doll horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home (out June 26) introduced a new supernatural ghoul named The Ferryman, a hooded figure with coins over his eyes. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Annabelle Comes Home director talks spin-off potential of film's new ghosts," 4 June 2019 Alice, desperate to undo the horror caused by one of her sons and save her daughter from this crazy cult, agrees to go undercover. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 "Riverdale" Season 4 Theories That Will Keep You Up At Night," 16 May 2019 The trailer also teases the return of horrors from the first movie, including the sewer drain and those iconic red balloons. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "It: Chapter 2" Trailer Is Finally Here to Give You Nightmares About Pennywise," 9 May 2019 The series’s Swedish director Johan Renck (who made 2015’s stylish European gangster series The Last Panthers) has done something stunning: Chernobyl creates a sense of relentless, excruciating terror with none of the tired genre cliches of horror. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "HBO’s New Miniseries Chernobyl Will Give You Nightmares," 4 May 2019 Halloween is still a few months away, but one North Carolina thrift store has temporarily turned into a little shop of horrors. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Thrift Store Had to Warn Customers That a Certain Piece of Furniture Was Haunted," 20 Mar. 2019 With her forthcoming roles in The New Mutants, a horror-centric film based on the Marvel Comics, and 1990s-set thriller The Owners, the next phase of Williams career is primed to just as enthralling as her chameleonic hair. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Maisie Williams Says Goodbye to Game of Thrones by Going Blonde," 20 May 2019 As planned, the first offering is the excellent lo-fi horror game Stories Untold, which made it onto our Game of the Year list in 2017. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The Epic Mega Sale tempts PC gamers with weekly freebies and $10 off any game over $15," 16 May 2019 Meanwhile, Five Nights at Freddy’s includes a collection of fantasy-horror mini-games, including crawling through ventilation system in need of repair, defeating creepy animatronic antagonists, and more. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Preorder Two New PlayStation VR Bundles at Walmart," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of horror

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horror

Noun

Middle English horrour, from Anglo-French *orur, from Latin horror action of bristling, from horrēre to bristle, shiver; akin to Sanskrit harṣate he is excited

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horror

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very strong feeling of fear, dread, and shock
: the quality of something that causes feelings of fear, dread, and shock : the horrible or shocking quality or character of something
: something that causes feelings of fear, dread, and shock : something that is shocking and horrible

horror

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of horror (Entry 2 of 2)

: intended to cause feelings of fear or horror

horror

noun
hor·​ror | \ ˈhȯr-ər How to pronounce horror (audio) \

Kids Definition of horror

1 : great fear, dread, or shock All the children stared in horror at Pippi, and the teacher explained that one couldn't answer that way at school.— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking
2 : a quality or thing that causes horror They witnessed the horror of war.

horror

noun
hor·​ror | \ ˈhȯr-ər, ˈhär- How to pronounce horror (audio) \

Medical Definition of horror

: painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay

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