Definitions

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

  • n. An intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear. See Synonyms at fear.
  • n. Intense dislike; abhorrence.
  • n. A cause of horror.
  • n. Informal Something unpleasant, ugly, or disagreeable: That hat is a horror.
  • n. Informal Intense nervous depression or anxiety. Often used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An intense painful emotion of fear or repugnance.
  • n. An intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.
  • n. A literary genre, generally of a gothic character.
  • n. An intense anxiety or a nervous depression; this sense can also be spoken or written as the horrors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bristling up; a rising into roughness; tumultuous movement.
  • n. A shaking, shivering, or shuddering, as in the cold fit which precedes a fever; in old medical writings, a chill of less severity than a rigor, and more marked than an algor.
  • n. A painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking.
  • n. That which excites horror or dread, or is horrible; gloom; dreariness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bristling or ruffling, as of the surface of water; a rippling.
  • n. A shivering or shuddering, as in the cold fit which precedes a fever, usually accompanied with contraction and roughening of the skin; a rigor.
  • n. A painful emotion of fear or abhorrence; a shuddering with terror or loathing; the feeling inspired by something frightful or shocking.
  • n. Shrinking dread; great dislike or repugnance: as, to hold publicity in horror; to have a horror of falsehood.
  • n. That which excites horror or terror; that which causes gloom or dread: as, the horrors of war; a place of horrors.
  • n. Delirium tremens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. intense aversion
  • n. something that inspires dislike; something horrible
  • n. intense and profound fear

Etymologies

Middle English horrour, from Old French horreur, from Latin horror, from horrēre, to tremble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin horror ("a bristling, a shaking, trembling as with cold or fear, terror"), from horrere ("to bristle, shake, be terrified"). (Wiktionary)

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