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horrendous

[haw-ren-duhs, ho-]
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adjective
  1. shockingly dreadful; horrible: a horrendous crime.
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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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  • Like some horrendous, watchful gargoyle, the Nipe crouched motionlessly on the shadowed roof of the low building.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • As he shook he gave tone, emitting a most horrendous yell of pain and rage.

  • But a man alone, or at any rate a member of the human race alone, could compass an effect so horrendous.

    Dariel

    R. D. Blackmore

  • It was the most horrendous campaign, for sheer concentration, that had ever battered at the public mind.

    And All the Earth a Grave

    Carroll M. Capps (AKA C.C. MacApp)

  • The horrendous act of Jacob Miller, therefore, created a sensation.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

    George Barr McCutcheon


British Dictionary definitions for horrendous

horrendous

adjective
  1. another word for horrific
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Derived Formshorrendously, adverb

Word Origin

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

adj.

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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