hor·​ri·​ble | \ ˈhȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce horrible (audio) , ˈhär- \

Definition of horrible

1 : marked by or arousing painful and intense fear, dread, dismay, or aversion : marked by or arousing horror a horrible accident
2 : extremely bad or unpleasant a horrible mistake horrible food

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Other Words from horrible

horrible noun
horribleness noun
horribly \ ˈhȯr-​ə-​blē How to pronounce horrible (audio) , ˈhär-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrible in a Sentence

He suffered a horrible death. The crime scene was too horrible to describe. The team had a horrible season last year. He realized that he had made a horrible mistake.
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Recent Examples on the Web Camping is a fun weekend getaway to some and a horrible experience defined by bug bites, cold showers and a bad night's sleep for others. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2021 Less than a week after trading Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots defense got off to a horrible start against the Texans. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 Considering how horrible the Dolphins have looked this season, everything has to be questioned because this franchise has seemingly lost its way. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Oct. 2021 The remaining contestants are Jesse Williams, John Cena, Chris Rock, Tyler Cameron, Chace Crawford, Blake Griffin, and Kyle Mooney in a horrible ponytail. Alexis Pereira, Vulture, 10 Oct. 2021 The tech industry is known for its horrible working conditions. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 Mayor of Fond du Lac:—A horrible calamity fell upon these towns on Sunday night and yesterday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Last season, after his horrible performance in the 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh, Mayfield took plenty of arrows and then went out and beat the Bengals 37-34 with 5 TD passes, 21 straight completions and a 135.6 rating. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 That was a euthanasia story, based on a real event, where a younger brother had been beseeched by the other to end it after a horrible accident. New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of horrible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for horrible

Middle English orible, horrible, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin horribilis, from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle (of hair, weapons, plants), shudder, shiver" + -ibilis "capable of exhibiting or causing (the action of the verb)" — more at horror entry 1, -able

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15 Oct 2021

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“Horrible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrible. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horrible

: causing horror : very shocking and upsetting
: very bad or unpleasant


hor·​ri·​ble | \ ˈhȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce horrible (audio) \

Kids Definition of horrible

1 : causing horror : terrible a horrible crash
2 : very unpleasant a horrible smell

Other Words from horrible

horribly \ -​blē \ adverb

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