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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:
فَظيع، رَديءمُرَوِّع ، مُرْعِب
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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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Two featherless beings appeared, uninvited, at the door of the summer-house, surveyed the constitutional creepers, and said, "These must come down"--looked around at the horrid light of noonday, and said, "That must come in"--went away, thereupon, and were heard, in the distance, agreeing together, "To-morrow it shall be done."
But there is one horrid thing (which I heard, mind, over and over again at your aunt's bedside) that she does not prepare me for; and that horrid thing is--Murder!"
Castle of Wolfenbach, Clermont, Mysterious Warnings, Necromancer of the Black Forest, Midnight Bell, Orphan of the Rhine, and Horrid Mysteries.
His horrid crime was not even submitted to judicial investigation.
'twas safe to insult poverty and misfortune!), I was given over to Sir P.'s care, and made to pass the night in an old gloomy bed, and by the side of a horrid gloomy old charwoman, who keeps the house.
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.
With livid face he stood, leaning for support against the table; his craven knees wabbling beneath his fat carcass; while his lips were drawn apart against his yellow teeth in a horrid grimace of awful fear.
He must have money, no matter how, if he is to escape horrid pains and pangs.
"Well, I found myself seated in a horrid little private box, with a vulgar drop-scene staring me in the face.
It was a most grotesque and horrid tableau and I hastened out into the fresh air; glad to escape from so gruesome a place.
That horrid girl of mine has been trying to run away.
As I toppled from the tower into the horrid abyss below I counted myself already dead; and Thurid must have done likewise, for he evidently did not even trouble himself to look after me, but must have turned and mounted the waiting flier at once.