horror story


Definition of horror story

: an account of an unsettling or unfortunate occurrence heard horror stories about recent layoffs also : something unsettling or unfortunate his childhood was a horror story

Examples of horror story in a Sentence

We've all heard horror stories about airlines losing people's luggage. Her childhood was a horror story.

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But seldom are these horror stories told from the entire family’s perspective. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Miami Family That Left the Dolphins Game Early—and Missed a Miracle," 13 Dec. 2018 Fans quickly chimed in with some of their dating horror stories. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Just Explained How She Moved In With John Legend, and It's Classic Chrissy," 21 Jan. 2019 Castle Rock seems to be moving in the direction of a more standard horror story, one with a kind of magical boogeyman lurking in the shadows. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Castle Rock and Sharp Objects are the same show with different skins," 26 July 2018 Laura Hudson, culture editor: There’s no shortage of haunted house tales or body-horror stories about distorting and violating the human form. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 The Dream, a Stitcher podcast hosted and produced by the Hairpin and This American Life alum Jane Marie, has plenty of juicy seller horror stories. Zan Romanoff, Vox, "What we get wrong about multilevel marketing, explained by the host of the popular podcast about it," 30 Nov. 2018 The scenes frequently have the feel of horror stories. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 The resulting collection of episodes spans horror stories and love stories and even a sports movie. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Room 104," 20 Nov. 2018 Your kid should be spared the office-politics horror stories and commentary on a looming mega-depression. Valerie Frankel, Good Housekeeping, "Answering the Trickiest Questions," 8 June 2012

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First Known Use of horror story

1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of horror story

: a story about an actual event or experience that is very unpleasant
: an experience that is very unpleasant

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