Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Arousing or tending to arouse horror; dreadful.
  • adjective Very unpleasant; disagreeable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Exciting, or tending to excite, horror or fear; dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thing that causes horror; a terrifying thing, particularly a prospective bad consequence asserted as likely to result from an act.
  • noun A person wearing a comic or grotesque costume in a parade of horribles.
  • adjective Causing horror; terrible; shocking.
  • adjective Tremendously wrong or errant.

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

  • adjective provoking horror

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin horribilis, from horrēre, to tremble.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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