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 (hôr′ə-bəl, hŏr′-)
1. Arousing or tending to arouse horror; dreadful: "War is beyond all words horrible" (Winston S. Churchill).
2. Very unpleasant; disagreeable.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin horribilis, from horrēre, to tremble.]

hor′ri·ble·ness n.
hor′ri·bly adv.
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1. causing horror; dreadful
2. disagreeable; unpleasant
3. informal cruel or unkind
[C14: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrēre to tremble]
ˈhorribleness n
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(ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr-)

1. causing horror; shockingly dreadful.
2. extremely unpleasant; deplorable: horrible living conditions.
[1275–1325; Middle English (h)orrible < Old French < Latin horribilis=horri-, variant s. of horrēre + -bilis -ble]
hor′ri•ble•ness, n.
hor′ri•bly, adv.
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, 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.
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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.horrible - provoking horrorhorrible - 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
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3. awful, terrible, appalling, dire, very bad, deplorable, abysmal I've made some horrible mistakes.
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رَهِيبفَظيع، مُزْعِج، مُتْعِبمُرْعِب، مُخيف
khủng khiếp


[ˈhɒrɪbl] ADJ
1. (= unpleasant) [food, colour, smell, thought] → horroroso, horrible
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 metera la persona más mala que he conocido
you're horrible!¡qué malo eres!
I've got a horrible feeling thattengo la horrible sensación de que ...
that jumper looks horrible on youese jersey te queda horroroso or espantoso
it's all a horrible messes un lío horroroso
we thought something horrible had happenedpensamos que algo horrible había pasado
the press write some horrible things about himla prensa cuenta cosas espantosas or horribles de él
what a horrible thought!¡qué idea tan horrible!
to be horrible to sbtratar fatal a algn
she's horrible to her sistertrata fatal a su hermana
don't be horrible to your brotherno seas malo con tu hermano
2. (= horrific) [crime, scream, accident] → horrible, espantoso
he died a horrible deathtuvo una muerte horrible
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[ˈhɒrɪbəl] adj
[clothes] → horrible, affreux/euse; [meal, food] → dégoûtant(e); [situation, experience] → horrible
What a horrible dress! → Quelle robe horrible!, Quelle robe affreuse!
[person] → méchant(e)
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(inf: = awful) → schrecklich (inf); (= ghastly) foodgrauenhaft (inf); clothes, colour, sight, smell, tastescheußlich, abscheulich; persongemein, fies (inf); what a horrible thought!was für eine schreckliche Vorstellung!; to look horriblescheußlich aussehen; that jumper looks horrible on youin dem Pullover siehst du schrecklich aus; to be horrible to somebodyfies (inf)or gemein zu jdm sein
(= horrific) death, crime, sound, war, accident, injurygrauenhaft
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[ˈhɒrɪbl] adj (gen) → orribile, tremendo/a, orrendo/a; (accident) → spaventoso/a
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(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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رَهِيب strašný frygtelig scheußlich αποκρουστικός horrible kauhea horrible strašan orribile 実にひどい 끔찍한 vreselijk fryktelig straszny horrível ужасный hemsk น่าสยดสยอง korkunç khủng khiếp 恐怖的
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References in classic literature ?
The moaning and groaning, The sighing and sobbing, Are quieted now, With that horrible throbbing At heart: -- ah, that horrible, Horrible throbbing!
The apparition confronting the dreamer in the haunted wood--the thing so like, yet so unlike his mother--was horrible! It stirred no love nor longing in his heart; it came unattended with pleasant memories of a golden past--inspired no sentiment of any kind; all the finer emotions were swallowed up in fear.
It was the most horrible experience of all my life and that my mind did not give way to the terrors of that inky blackness has been a wonder to me ever since.
I put her carefully upon my shoulder and rose to push on, and then there came a horrible realization.
gunboat "Myrtle," and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible "Medusa" case.
It was a body of cruelty so horrible that I am confident no normal person exists who, once aware of it, could ever enjoy looking on at any trained-animal turn.
"Silly Julie," she murmured, "what is there that is horrible, little one?"
He recalled the stainless purity of his boyish life, and it seemed horrible to him that it was here the fatal portrait was to be hidden away.
"Horrible?" repeated Meriem, puckering her brows in bewilderment.
Each of the explosions from below had thrown out from the well-hole, as if it had been the mouth of a cannon, a mass of fine sand mixed with blood, and a horrible repulsive slime in which were great red masses of rent and torn flesh and fat.
Ever since I had discovered Erik installed in the Opera, I lived in a perpetual terror of his horrible fancies, not in so far as I was concerned, but I dreaded everything for others.[10]
Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale.