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 (hôr′ĭd, hŏr′-)
1. Causing horror; dreadful.
2. Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
3. Archaic Bristling; rough.

[Alteration (influenced by Latin horridus, bristling) of Middle English horred, past participle of horren, to bristle, from Latin horrēre, to tremble, bristle.]

hor′rid·ly adv.
hor′rid·ness n.


1. disagreeable; unpleasant: a horrid meal.
2. repulsive or frightening
3. informal unkind
[C16 (in the sense: bristling, shaggy): from Latin horridus prickly, rough, from horrēre to bristle]
ˈhorridly adv
ˈhorridness n


(ˈhɔr ɪd, ˈhɒr-)

1. such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.
2. extremely unpleasant or disagreeable; nasty.
3. Archaic. bristling; rough.
[1580–90; < Latin horridus bristling, rough, dreadful, derivative of horrēre]
hor′rid•ly, adv.
hor′rid•ness, n.
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."
See also related terms for horror.

horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid - In decreasing degree of horror: horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid.
See also related terms for horror.


1. describing unpleasant events or experiences

All of these words except horrid can be used to describe a very unpleasant and shocking event, experience, or story.

Still the horrible shrieking came out of his mouth.
It was one of the most horrific experiences of my life.
...the horrifying descriptions of life in the trenches.
...the horrendous murder of a prostitute.
2. expressing dislike

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.

The hotel was horrible.
His suit was a horrible colour.
We had to live in a horrid little flat.
3. for emphasis

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'.

Everything's in a horrible muddle.

Horrendous is usually used to describe something which is extremely difficult to deal with.

...horrendous problems.
The cost can be horrendous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.horrid - exceedingly bad; "when she was bad she was horrid"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
2.horrid - grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror; "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry"
offensive - unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"


1. (Informal) unpleasant, terrible, awful, offensive, nasty, disgusting, horrible, dreadful, obscene, disagreeable, yucky or yukky (slang) What a horrid smell!
2. (Informal) nasty, dreadful, horrible, mean, unkind, cruel, beastly (informal) I must have been a horrid little girl.


1. Causing great horror:
2. Extremely unpleasant to the senses or feelings:
3. Shockingly repellent:
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[ˈhɒrɪd] ADJ (= disagreeable, unpleasant) → horrible; (= horrifying) → horroroso; (= unkind) → antipático
to be horrid to sbtratar a algn muy mal, portarse muy mal con algn
don't be horrid!¡no seas antipático!
you horrid thing!¡qué malo!, ¡qué antipático!


[ˈhɒrɪd] adj
[person] → méchant(e), désagréable
to be horrid to sb → être méchant(e) avec qn
[thing] → horrible


adjentsetzlich, fürchterlich, schrecklich; don’t be so horridsei nicht so gemein (inf)


[ˈhɒrɪd] adj (unpleasant, person) → odioso/a, antipatico/a; (thing, weather) → orribile, orrendo/a; (meal) → schifoso/a; (unkind) → cattivo/a



etc see horror


(ˈhorə) noun
1. great fear or dislike. She has a horror of spiders; She looked at me in horror.
2. a disagreeable person or thing. Her little boy is an absolute horror.
ˈhorrible adjective
1. causing horror; dreadful. a horrible sight.
2. unpleasant. What a horrible day!
ˈhorribleness noun
ˈhorribly adverb
ˈhorrid (-rid) adjective
1. unpleasant. That was a horrid thing to say.
2. dreadful. a horrid shriek.
horrific (həˈrifik) adjective
terrible; terrifying. a horrific accident; a horrific journey.
ˈhorrify (-fai) verb
to shock greatly. Mrs Smith was horrified to find that her son had a tattooed chest.
ˈhorrifying adjective
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Beth, if you don't keep these horrid cats down cellar I'll have them drowned," exclaimed Meg angrily as she tried to get rid of the kitten which had scrambled up her back and stuck like a burr just out of reach.
His awakened imagination, deluded by the deceptive light, converted each waving bush, or the fragment of some fallen tree, into human forms, and twenty times he fancied he could distinguish the horrid visages of his lurking foes, peering from their hiding places, in never ceasing watchfulness of the movements of his party.
Here, where the hand of violence shed the blood of the innocent; where the horrid yells of savages, and the groans of the distressed, sounded in our ears, we now hear the praises and adoration of our Creator; where wretched wigwams stood, the miserable abodes of savages, we behold the foundations of cities laid, that, in all probability, will rival the glory of the greatest upon earth.
I'm really getting quite fond of the big room, all but that horrid paper.
if he discern such sinfulness in his own white soul, what horrid spectacle would he behold in thine or mine
My conclusion bloomed there with the real rose flush of his innocence: he was only too fine and fair for the little horrid, unclean school world, and he had paid a price for it.
again growled the cannibal, while his horrid flourishings of the tomahawk scattered the hot tobacco ashes about me till I thought my linen would get on fire.
I suppose it is fashion that makes them strap our heads up with those horrid bits that I was tortured with in London," said Ginger.
Marija, who threatened horrid murder a hundred times a day, and would weep over the injury of a fly, seized little Sebastijonas in her arms and bid fair to smother him with kisses.
Oh, don't do it again, Tom, it is too horrid," said Becky.
and after rolling up his sleeves, he com- menced to lay on the heavy cowskin, and soon the warm, red blood (amid heart-rending shrieks from her, and horrid oaths from him) came dripping to the floor.
Forthwith upright he rears from off the Pool His mighty Stature; on each hand the flames Drivn backward slope their pointing spires, & rowld In billows, leave i'th' midst a horrid Vale.