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horrendous

[haw-ren-duh s, ho-] /hɔˈrɛn dəs, hɒ-/
adjective
1.
shockingly dreadful; horrible:
a horrendous crime.
Origin of horrendous
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin horrendus dreadful, to be feared (gerund of horrēre to bristle, shudder), equivalent to horr- (akin to hirsute) + -endus gerund suffix
Related forms
horrendously, adverb
Synonyms
appalling, frightful, hideous.
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horrendous

/hɒˈrɛndəs/
adjective
1.
another word for horrific
Derived Forms
horrendously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin horrendus fearful, from horrēre to bristle, shudder, tremble; see horror
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Word Origin and History for horrendous
adj.

1650s, from Latin horrendus "dreadful, fearful, terrible," literally "to be shuddered at," gerundive of horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Earlier form in English was horrend (mid-15c.).

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