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[hawr-uh-buh l, hor-] /ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr-/
causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful:
a horrible sight.
extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting:
horrible living conditions.
Origin of horrible
1275-1325; Middle English (h)orrible < Old French < Latin horribilis, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle with fear) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
horribleness, noun
horribly, adverb
1. terrible, awful, appalling, frightful; hideous, grim, ghastly, shocking, revolting, repulsive, horrid, horrendous, horrifying, repellent.
1. attractive. Unabridged
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  • Transport is turning into a horrible political problem for the government.
  • It's about time someone has the guts to shed light on these horrible practices people employ for profit.
  • It was a grueling journey through horrible heat and humidity.
  • Ours are usually one day marathons at a horrible back windowless room in a restaurant.
  • People don't seem to realise how horrible this will be.
  • Most smell horrible and make the fabric look darker than they are.
  • She had a horrible headache, and she was burning with fever.
  • Our home used to be a pinkish-taupe, which was a horrible background for yellow- or chartreuse-leaved plants.
  • He declined the offer for three reasons: abysmal pay, horrible health insurance, and the campus culture.
  • But what a horrible experience it might nearly have been.
British Dictionary definitions for horrible


causing horror; dreadful
disagreeable; unpleasant
(informal) cruel or unkind
Derived Forms
horribleness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrēre to tremble
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Word Origin and History for horrible

c.1300, from Old French horrible, orrible (12c.) "horrible, repugnant, terrifying," from Latin horribilis "terrible, fearful, dreadful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Used as a mere intensifier from mid-15c.

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