Young says, “From a psychiatric perspective … it could all add up to explain how he could have performed such a horrid act.”
Her ex-husband appears at her side—he, the father of the horrid daughter—and tells Mildred it's OK to hate your own child.
Nicola Keegan wrote one horrid poem after another in her writing workshop.
early 15c., "hairy, shaggy, bristling," from Latin horridus "bristly, prickly, rough, horrid, frightful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Meaning "horrible, causing horror" is from c.1600. Sense weakened 17c. to "unpleasant, offensive."
[W]hile both [horrible and horrid] are much used in the trivial sense of disagreeable, horrible is still quite common in the graver sense inspiring horror, which horrid tends to lose .... [Fowler]Related: Horridly.