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 (hô-rĭf′ĭk, hŏ-)
Causing horror; terrifying.

[Latin horrificus : horrēre, to tremble + -ficus, -fic.]

hor·rif′i·cal·ly adv.


(hɒˈrɪfɪk; hə-)
provoking horror; horrible
horˈrifically adv


(hɔˈrɪf ɪk, hɒ-)

causing horror.
[1645–55; < Latin horrificus=horri-, variant s. of horrēre + -ficus -fic]
hor•rif′i•cal•ly, adv.


, 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.horrific - 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"
2.horrific - causing fear or dread or terrorhorrific - causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger


adjective horrifying, shocking, appalling, frightening, awful, terrifying, grim, dreadful, horrendous, ghastly, from hell (informal), grisly, frightful, hellacious (U.S. slang) I have never seen such horrific injuries.


مُفْزِع، مُرْعِب


[hɒˈrɪfɪk] ADJ [injury, attack, accident] → horrible, horrendo


[həˈrɪfɪk] adj [injury, accident] → horrible; [murder, attack, crime] → atroce


adjentsetzlich, schrecklich; documentaryerschreckend; price increasehorrend


[hɒˈrɪfɪk] adj (accident) → spaventoso/a; (murder) → terrificante


(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
References in classic literature ?
In truth, so horrific and improbable are these accounts, that many sensible and well-informed people will not believe that any cannibals exist; and place every book of voyages which purports to give any account of them, on the same shelf with Blue Beard and Jack the Giant-Killer.
Slowly, every step a painful struggle of resistance, she moved toward the horrific monster.
As he searches for the kidnapped clerics, Langdon discovers the cult has an even more horrific plan in mind.
The badger would have had a horrific death, and she was a female so could well have young somewhere needing her care.
RSPCA acting chief inspector Emma Smith said: "This poor cat suffered a horrific ordeal.
A MAN whose wife poured scalding water over him shows his horrific scars in a bid to highlight male domestic abuse.
The surgeon who operated on his horrific fractures said the injury was the worst he had seen since treating the victim of a motorcycle accident.
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.
The situation there has been described as horrif- horrific.
KHAIRPUR -- Six persons were killed and more than 12 injured in a horrific accident in the jurisdiction of Kot Diji police station.
My immediate prognosis, after my horrific accident in 1982, was devastating to my parents and close family members and friends, but I, with the help of my family, friends and hospital staff, refused to give up and here I am living on my own, having completed and passed a degree and just generally enjoying life to the full.
A LORRY driver has been cleared of killing a Coventry woman and her teenage grandson in a horrific road crash.