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horrible

[hawr-uh-buh l, hor-] /ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr-/
adjective
1.
causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful:
a horrible sight.
2.
extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting:
horrible living conditions.
Origin
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1. terrible, awful, appalling, frightful; hideous, grim, ghastly, shocking, revolting, repulsive, horrid, horrendous, horrifying, repellent.
Antonyms
1. attractive.
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Examples for horrible
  • 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

horrible

/ˈhɒrəbəl/
adjective
1.
causing horror; dreadful
2.
disagreeable; unpleasant
3.
(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
horrible
c.1300, from O.Fr. horrible, from L. horribilis, from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror).
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