American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Causing horror; dreadful.
- adj. Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
- adj. Archaic Bristling; rough.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rough; rugged; bristling.
- Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; shocking: as, a horrid spectacle.
- Very bad or offensive; abominable; execrable.
- [Horrid and horrible, originally distinct in meaning in their Latin forms, but sometimes used interchangeably by later writers, are now almost entirely synonymous in English; but horrid commonly has a milder or less positive force than horrible.]
- Synonyms Horrible, frightful, awful, appalling, harrowing, dire, revolting.
- adj. archaic bristling, rough, rugged
- adj. causing horror or dread
- adj. offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Archaic Rough; rugged; bristling.
- adj. Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence, very offensive.
- adj. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
- adj. exceedingly bad
- From Latin horridus ("rough, bristly, savage, shaggy, rude"), from horrere ("to bristle"). See horrent, horror, ordure (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (influenced by Latin horridus, bristling) of Middle English horred, past participle of horren, to bristle, from Latin horrēre, to tremble, bristle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I mean," said Sibyl, "that you have got to reward me for doing your horrid -- _horrid_, dirty work!”
“I don't care,' she said to herself as she trudged along in silence beside Miss Neale; 'they're horrid to me -- _horrid_.”
“How you must have suffered all this cruel time, pent up there in that horrid, _horrid_ place!”
“Anna, with her obsessive cleanliness, did not like the dog, which she described as a horrid and dirty creature.”
“Espying a sinister pattern behind these events, Grose bemoans what she characterizes as a horrid resurgence of puritanism that has become a common attitude among young females and is somehow perverting even once-sensible feminists such as Ms. Klausner:”
“Not to be unfairly biased, but for some reason I think older women should have more sense about dressing than a young girl so when I see them in horrid clothing I feel sad and discouraged, because it makes me think that widsom and good judgement don't come with age.”
“Anna -- regarding your "food for thought" comment: viewing a captive living in horrid conditions should make any woman less likely to complain.”
“The United States and Europe are in horrid fiscal shape, but claiming Doomsday scenarios as scare tactic is base and unworthy.”
“Plush, swashbuckling classic with luscious color and a youthfully attractive cast (yep, even in horrid stage makeup Eleanor Parker looks so lovely).”
“I'd feel comfortable taking it on tree-stand deer hunts, open-country elk and muley hunts, or north-country adventures in horrid weather conditions.”
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