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a story, movie, etc., that entertains or fascinates by shocking or frightening, especially by an emphasis on bloodshed or supernatural forces.
a distressing experience:
the horror stories of child abuse.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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, some sort of extreme behavior must be involved.
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The first was a
with comic interludes, the second a romance with recurrent nightmares.
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about being caught unprepared in the weather.
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Begin by asking how many students have read a
or seen a horror movie.
Divorce is a particularly unsettling event that often leads to the kind of
Ask them to read as if they were recounting a
around a campfire.
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