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[haw-ren-duh s, ho-] /hɔˈrɛn dəs, hɒ-/
shockingly dreadful; horrible:
a horrendous crime.
Origin of horrendous
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
appalling, frightful, hideous. Unabridged
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  • It sits at the apex of a horrendously hierarchical and unequal society.
British Dictionary definitions for horrendously


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 horrendously



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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