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horrid

[hawr-id, hor-] /ˈhɔr ɪd, ˈhɒr-/
adjective
1.
such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.
2.
extremely unpleasant or disagreeable:
horrid weather; She thought her uncle was horrid.
3.
Archaic. shaggy or bristling; rough.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin horridus bristling, rough, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle) + -idus -id4
Related forms
horridly, adverb
horridness, noun
Synonyms
2. nasty, vile, odious, abominable.
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British Dictionary definitions for horridness

horrid

/ˈhɒrɪd/
adjective
1.
disagreeable; unpleasant: a horrid meal
2.
repulsive or frightening
3.
(informal) unkind
Derived Forms
horridly, adverb
horridness, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: bristling, shaggy): from Latin horridus prickly, rough, from horrēre to bristle
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Word Origin and History for horridness

horrid

adj.

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.

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