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

  • adj. Causing horror; dreadful.
  • adj. Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
  • adj. Archaic Bristling; rough.

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  • adj. bristling, rough, rugged
  • adj. causing horror or dread
  • adj. offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rough; rugged; bristling.
  • adj. Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence, very offensive.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
  • adj. exceedingly bad


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

Alteration (influenced by Latin horridus, bristling) of Middle English horred, past participle of horren, to bristle, from Latin horrēre, to tremble, bristle.

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From Latin horridus ("rough, bristly, savage, shaggy, rude"), from horrere ("to bristle"). See horrent, horror, ordure


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