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horrific

[haw-rif-ik, ho-]
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  1. causing horror.

Origin of horrific

1645–55; < Latin horrificus, equivalent to horri- (combining form of horrēre to bristle with fear) + -ficus -fic
Related formshor·rif·i·cal·ly, adverb
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horrific

adjective
  1. provoking horror; horrible
Derived Formshorrifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for horrifically

horrific

adj.

"causing horror," 1650s, from French horrifique or directly from Latin horrificus "dreadful, exciting terror," literally "making the hair stand on end," from horrere "to bristle, to stand on end" (see horror) + -ficus, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Horrifically.

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