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horrible

[hawr-uh-buh l, hor-] /ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr-/
adjective
1.
causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful:
a horrible sight.
2.
extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting:
horrible living conditions.
Origin of horrible
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (h)orrible < Old French < Latin horribilis, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle with fear) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
horribleness, noun
horribly, adverb
Synonyms
1. terrible, awful, appalling, frightful; hideous, grim, ghastly, shocking, revolting, repulsive, horrid, horrendous, horrifying, repellent.
Antonyms
1. attractive.
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  • Would honor compel him to marry her if she were horribly pock-marked?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • They would be interesting, beyond shadow of questioning, horribly interesting.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She became all at once horribly ashamed and shocked at what she was doing.

  • They were so horribly reduced, that they were awful to look upon.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • At first I was horribly frightened—I thought you and Marcus had been quarrelling.

British Dictionary definitions for horribly

horribly

/ˈhɒrɪblɪ/
adverb
1.
in a horrible manner
2.
(intensifier): I'm horribly bored

horrible

/ˈhɒrəbəl/
adjective
1.
causing horror; dreadful
2.
disagreeable; unpleasant
3.
(informal) cruel or unkind
Derived Forms
horribleness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrēre to tremble
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Word Origin and History for horribly
adv.

mid-14c., from horrible + -ly (2).

horrible

adj.

c.1300, from Old French horrible, orrible (12c.) "horrible, repugnant, terrifying," from Latin horribilis "terrible, fearful, dreadful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Used as a mere intensifier from mid-15c.

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