[ haw-ren-duhs, ho- ]
/ hɔˈrɛn dəs, hɒ- /


shockingly dreadful; horrible: a horrendous crime.

Origin of horrendous

1650–60; < Latin horrendus dreadful, to be feared (gerund of horrēre to bristle, shudder), equivalent to horr- (akin to hirsute) + -endus gerund suffix
Related formshor·ren·dous·ly, adverb
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/ (hɒˈrɛndəs) /


another word for horrific
Derived Formshorrendously, adverb

Word Origin for horrendous

C17: from Latin horrendus fearful, from horrēre to bristle, shudder, tremble; see horror
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Word Origin and History for horrendous



1650s, from Latin horrendus "dreadful, fearful, terrible," literally "to be shuddered at," gerundive of horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Earlier form in English was horrend (mid-15c.).

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