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[hawr-er-struhk, hor-] /ˈhɔr ərˌstrʌk, ˈhɒr-/
stricken with horror; horrified; aghast.
Also, horror-stricken
[hawr-er-strik-uh n, hor-] /ˈhɔr ərˌstrɪk ən, ˈhɒr-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of horror-struck
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • horror-struck at this dreadful agony, Samuel and Father Caboccini were unable to stir.

  • The two Earthmen stopped short, horror-struck at what they saw.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • He is horror-struck at learning that, in fact, he is nothing better “than a mediator between Christ and Beelzebub.”

    Rome in 1860 Edward Dicey
  • “My dear young lady,” I cried, horror-struck at the supposition.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Jessie was horror-struck to hear her cousins talk in this cool and hardened manner.

    Jessie Carlton Francis Forrester
  • While I was horror-struck, Channa passed by Indifferent, for he had seen such men.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • Miss Carew, coming in at dinner-time, was horror-struck by what she saw.

    Great Possessions Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
  • "To prison with him," screamed every horror-struck official.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Mr. Hammond—this was his name—was pale and horror-struck, and could scarcely speak, as my father shook his hand.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • I waited, horror-struck, to see what would follow this insolence.

    HE Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for horror-struck


shocked; horrified
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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