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 (hôr′ər, hŏr′-)
a. An intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear.
b. A state or condition marked by this feeling: stood in horror looking at the scene. See Synonyms at fear.
2. An intense dislike or abhorrence: had a horror of being forced to play charades at the party.
3. A cause of horror: "The creature that had seemed a horror in its box was, up close, a figure of sorrow" (Paul Theroux).
a. A genre of fiction or other artistic work evoking suspense and horror, especially through the depiction of gruesome or supernatural elements.
b. A work of this genre.
5. Informal One that is unpleasant, ugly, or disagreeable: That hat is a horror.
6. horrors Informal Intense nervous depression or anxiety. Often used with the.

[Middle English horrour, from Old French horreur, from Latin horror, from horrēre, to tremble.]


pl n
1. slang a fit of depression or anxiety
2. (Psychiatry) informal See delirium tremens
an expression of dismay, sometimes facetious
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I'll gossip and giggle, and have horrors and raptures over any trifle you like.
The terrific character of their merciless enemies increased immeasurably the natural horrors of warfare.
And brave as he might be, it was that sort of bravery chiefly, visible in some intrepid men, which, while generally abiding firm in the conflict with seas, or winds, or whales, or any of the ordinary irrational horrors of the world, yet cannot withstand those more terrific, because more spiritual terrors, which sometimes menace you from the concentrating brow of an enraged and mighty man.
Oh, boy, nor will I thee, unless I should thereby drag thee to worse horrors than are here.
One evening they came over for a visit, and naturally the first subject upon which the conversation turned was the neighborhood and its history; and then Grandmother Majauszkiene, as the old lady was called, proceeded to recite to them a string of horrors that fairly froze their blood.
There were two "Reigns of Terror," if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon ten thousand persons, the other upon a hundred millions; but our shudders are all for the "horrors" of the minor Terror, the momentary Ter- ror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe, compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty, and heart-break?
Then, without any more preliminaries, she turned on all the horrors of the "Battle of Prague," that venerable shivaree, and waded chin-deep in the blood of the slain.
Tom went home miserable, and his dreams that night were full of horrors.
It may, perhaps, be fairly questioned, whether any other portion of the population of the earth could have endured the privations, sufferings and horrors of slavery, without having become more degraded in the scale of humanity than the slaves of African descent.
No lurking horrors were to upbraid him for his easy credulity.
Marianne was spared from the troublesome feelings of contempt and resentment, on this impertinent examination of their features, and on the puppyism of his manner in deciding on all the different horrors of the different toothpick-cases presented to his inspection, by remaining unconscious of it all; for she was as well able to collect her thoughts within herself, and be as ignorant of what was passing around her, in Mr.
Amongst them all I found not one whom, had I been ever so free, I--warned as I was of the risks, the horrors, the loathings of incongruous unions--would have asked to marry me.