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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There are countless important distinctions between the two horrors, which are not exactly comparable, thank goodness. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The “concentration camp” language debate is the wrong fight," 13 July 2019 Jackson is set to play Chris Rock's father in the latest iteration from the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures horror franchise, Deadline reports. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Samuel L. Jackson is set to play Chris Rock's dad in a new 'Saw'," 9 July 2019 Matt WinkelmeyerGetty Images Near the finale of the second season of Laguna Beach, Lauren Conrad helps organize a charity fashion show and watches in horror as then-boyfriend Jason canoodles with (and kisses!) his ex-girlfriend, Jessica. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Heidi Montag Has Always Been the Hero of 'The Hills'," 8 July 2019 Nancy Pelosi must have been watching the past two nights of Democratic primary debates in horror. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "No More Chastened Democrats," 28 June 2019 Joe lauded the kill, but Bonnie watched in horror as the dying bird convulsed. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 As the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum notes, the first wave of troops, including the 320th were caught in the horror immediately. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The Eyes of the World Are Upon Some Of Them: RaceAhead," 6 June 2019 Bystanders watched in horror as the church's spire came crashing down, and the flames continued to blaze into the night. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019 As skies filled with smoke, passersby watched in horror as the flames spread from the spire (now collapsed) to one of the cathedral’s rectangular towers. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire," 15 Apr. 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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