horror story

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The series is described as part-murder mystery and part-horror story. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "‘The Outsider’ | How to watch and live stream the new Stephen King series," 12 Jan. 2020 Especially in the past few years, as denial has become less of a viable option and even delusion has slipped from our fingers, the climate crisis with its alarming headlines and horror stories has become… normal. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Science and Nature," 13 Dec. 2019 The opening production for the season will be an original script based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer best known for his poetry and short mystery and horror stories. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 22 Aug. 2019 That’s the promise of the trendy treatment microneedling, with compelling before-and-after photos (and some horror stories) flooding the internet. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Microneedling — and Is It Safe?," 29 July 2019 In superhero stories and horror stories alike, there are strong people and weak people. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Since season 1, Jessica Jones has struggled to mix horror with superheroes," 18 June 2019 Lincoln Towing Service has prowled Chicago’s parking lots for nearly 60 years, finding itself at the center of lawsuits, consumer horror stories and political pressure throughout its history. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "State wraps up case for stripping Lincoln Towing's license, citing 'pattern and practice of unauthorized towing'," 17 Feb. 2018 Hearing the horror stories from the community created a genuine bond between a coach and the city. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns: Kelly Oubre Jr. still feels Hurricane Katrina nearly 15 years later," 28 Nov. 2019 There is no chronology, as the chapters jump among her assortment of bookmarked memories, incidents of fear and desire (the horror stories of the title) that led to clarity. BostonGlobe.com, "Horror Stories," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of horror story

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Horror story.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horror%20story. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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horror story

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horror story

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

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