Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Covered with bristles; bristling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Standing erect, as bristles; covered with bristling points; bristled; bristling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Standing erect, as bristles; covered with bristling points; bristled; bristling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing erect, as bristles; covered with bristling points; bristling.
  • Horrible; abhorring.

Etymologies

Latin horrēns, horrent-, present participle of horrēre, to tremble, bristle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin horrens, present participle of horrere to bristle. See horror. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sicut viatores si ad saxum impegerint, aut nautae, memores sui casus, non ista modo quae offendunt, sed et similia horrent perpetuo et tremunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Next, as to armaments: Will you present a greater terror to the foe if you appear furnished yourself from head to foot with bright emlazonrie and horrent arms; 200 or rather by reason of the warlike aspect of a whole city perfectly equipped?

    Hiero

  • Et insuper addemus, h鎐 ipsa cibaria, qu� extranei quidam vel nominare horrent, ipsos tamen extraneos apud nos, non sine voluptate, manducare solitos.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • But shorn of his falling hair, and without a streak of paint on his cheeks, verily his heart might be found to die within him, before furies with faces fiery with rouge, and heads horrent with pomatum -- till instinctively he strove to roll himself up in the Persian carpet, and there prayed for deliverance to his tutelary gods.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • And first indeed Parthenopæus the son of the huntress (Atalanta) led his division horrent with their thick shields against the Neïtan gate, having a family device in the middle of his shield, Atalanta destroying the Ætolian boar with her distant-wounding bow.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • Shorty stretched on tiptoe, brought his eye to the level of the bar, and gazed upon the horrent head of Bailey.

    Pardners

  • The golden throne had become a "siege perilous," and she abdicated in favor of the grasshopper and his black and horrent visitor.

    Queen Hildegarde

  • Now I mark them all suspended, horrent, in the open air,

    Maha-bharata The Epic of Ancient India Condensed into English Verse

  • Next, as to armaments: Will you present a greater terror to the foe if you appear furnished yourself from head to foot with bright emlazonrie and horrent arms; or rather by reason of the warlike aspect of a whole city perfectly equipped?

    Hiero

  • All horrent the cobra exalts his hooded head, and the spanning jaws fly open.

    The fiend's delight

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