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hor•ri•ble(ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr-)
horrible, horror, horrid - Horrible, horror, and horrid are from Latin horrere, "stand on end" (hair) or "tremble, shudder," and the original sense of horrid was "bristly, shaggy, rough."
horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid - In decreasing degree of horror: horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid.
horrible horrid horrific horrifying horrendous
All of these words except horrid can be used to describe a very unpleasant and shocking event, experience, or story.
In conversation, people use horrible and horrid to show their dislike for someone or something. These words can be used to describe almost anything which is unpleasant, ugly, disgusting, or depressing.
Horrible is also used in front of a noun to emphasize how bad something is. For example, you can say 'I've made a horrible mistake'.
Horrendous is usually used to describe something which is extremely difficult to deal with.
|Adj.||1.||horrible - provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound"|
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
dreadful appealing, charming, pleasant, wonderful, attractive, lovely, fetching, delightful, cute, enchanting, agreeable
aren't those dresses horrible? → ¿a que esos vestidos son horrorosos?, ¿a que son feísimos esos vestidos?
he was the most horrible person I've ever met → era la persona más mala que he conocido
you're horrible! → ¡qué malo eres!
I've got a horrible feeling that → tengo la horrible sensación de que ...
that jumper looks horrible on you → ese jersey te queda horroroso or espantoso
it's all a horrible mess → es un lío horroroso
we thought something horrible had happened → pensamos que algo horrible había pasado
the press write some horrible things about him → la prensa cuenta cosas espantosas or horribles de él
what a horrible thought! → ¡qué idea tan horrible!
to be horrible to sb → tratar fatal a algn
she's horrible to her sister → trata fatal a su hermana
don't be horrible to your brother → no seas malo con tu hermano