horrendous

[haw-ren-duhs, ho-]
adjective
shockingly dreadful; horrible: a horrendous crime.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin horrendus dreadful, to be feared (gerund of horrēre to bristle, shudder), equivalent to horr- (akin to hirsute) + -endus gerund suffix

horrendously, adverb


appalling, frightful, hideous.
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horrendous (hɒˈrɛndəs)
 
adj
another word for horrific
 
[C17: from Latin horrendus fearful, from horrēre to bristle, shudder, tremble; see horror]
 
hor'rendously
 
adv

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horrendous
1659, from L. horrendus "to be shuddered at," gerundive of horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror).
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Example sentences
Wal-Mart has a horrendous track record with workers' rights and access to
  health insurance.
The horrendous scenes revealed cattle being whipped, stabbed and gouged.
Many of the refugees suffered horrendous atrocities along the way.
Living in the shadow of such a horrendous catastrophe didn't faze us.
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