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horror

noun hor·ror \ ˈhȯr-ər , ˈhär- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of horror

1 a : 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
2 a : 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

Examples of horror in a Sentence

  1. There was a look of horror on her face.

  2. The crowd watched in horror as the fire spread.

  3. His friends were shocked by the horror of his death.

  4. His crimes were unspeakable horrors.

  5. His memoirs recount the horrors of the war.

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Origin and Etymology of horror

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

adjective

Definition of horror

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

First Known Use of horror

1936



HORROR Defined for English Language Learners

horror

noun

Definition of horror for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of horror for English Language Learners

  • : intended to cause feelings of fear or horror


HORROR Defined for Kids

horror

noun hor·ror \ ˈhȯr-ər \

Definition of horror for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

horror

noun hor·ror \ ˈhȯr-ər, ˈhär- \

medical Definition of horror

: painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay


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