from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Arousing or tending to arouse horror; dreadful: "War is beyond all words horrible” ( Winston S. Churchill).
- adj. Very unpleasant; disagreeable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thing that causes horror; a terrifying thing, particularly a prospective bad consequence asserted as likely to result from an act.
- n. A person wearing a comic or grotesque costume in a parade of horribles.
- adj. Causing horror; terrible; shocking.
- adj. Tremendously wrong or errant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Exciting, or tending to excite, horror or fear; dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exciting or tending to excite horror; dreadful; terrible: as, a horrible sight; horrible cruelty; a horrible story.
- Hideous; shocking; extremely repulsive: as, horrible deformity; a horrible smell.
- Synonyms Execrable, Abominable, etc. (see nefarious); frightful, fearful, horrid, awful, revolting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. provoking horror
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin horribilis, from horrēre, to tremble.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in Middle English (alternately as horrible and orrible) in 1303: from Old French horrible, from Latin horribilis, from horr(ēre) ("bristle with fear; shudder; stand on end; tremble") + -ibilis ("-ible"). (Wiktionary)