Definition of horror
- astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me
- —H. G. Wells
- contemplating the horror of their lives
- —Liam O'Flaherty
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
: intended to cause feelings of fear or horror
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