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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.||horrendous - 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