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Origin of horrendous
OTHER WORDS FROM horrendoushor·ren·dous·ly, adverb
Words nearby horrendous
What does horrendous mean?
Horrendous is popularly used to mean extremely bad—awful, dreadful, or horrible.
Example: If you’re wondering what cake tastes like when you accidentally use salt instead of sugar, it’s horrendous—completely disgusting and inedible.
Where does horrendous come from?
The first records of horrendous in English come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin horrendus, meaning “fearful.” It ultimately derives from the Latin horrēre, which means “to tremble” or “to bristle” (a reference to one’s hair standing on end due to extreme fear) and is the basis of the word horror and the related words horrible, horrific, horrifying, and horrid.
Horrendous is perhaps most popularly used to simply mean “really bad,” in much the same way that horrible, terrible, and awful are often used, as in I had a horrendous time at that party—no one would talk to me! Sometimes, though, horrendous means truly horrific or horrifying, as in In my 30 years on the job, I’ve never seen a crime scene more horrendous than this. Real-life horror like violence can be described as horrendous, but you wouldn’t call a horror movie horrendous to mean it was really scary—you’d probably call it horrifying or terrifying. If it was really stupid and poorly made, though, then could call it horrendous. (Unless it was so bad it was good, in which case you might call it terrific!)
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What are some other forms related to horrendous?
- horrendously (adverb)
What are some synonyms for horrendous?
What are some words that share a root or word element with horrendous?
What are some words that often get used in discussing horrendous?
How is horrendous used in real life?
Horrendous can be used in extremely serious context as well as not-so-serious ones. War crimes are truly horrendous, but an actor’s bad accent in a movie can also be described as horrendous.
Just spoke to my sister who lives in Melbourne. It’s truly horrendous what’s happening in Australia. Thankfully she’s safe at the minute but I can’t help but worry
— feckless fox 💙💙💙 (@sam56759067) January 4, 2020
2000s fashion was utterly horrendous
— jessie ⁷ (@dntletmeflv) April 23, 2020
That’s a truly horrendous trade for the Giants. I can’t say much more.
— Will Manso (@WillManso) March 13, 2019
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for horrendous?
Example sentences from the Web for horrendous
It takes just as long to fly to Miami, he ponders, as it does to navigate the horrendous traffic on the Long Island Expressway.The Hell of the Hamptons: Why the Exclusive Hotspot Is a Mind-Numbing Drag|Robert Gold|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My religion did not allow me to be quiet about these horrendous crimes that I have seen.Syrian Defector: Assad Poised to Torture and Murder 150,000 More|Josh Rogin|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was horrendous, because what the temperature of that water does to your pride… Stone: …and Prejudice.Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Woody Allen, Shrinkage, and Live-Texting ‘Bridget Jones’|Marlow Stern|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even when bred in captivity, Leahy said breeding facilities are often horrendous, resembling factory farming.
And when you peacefully protest their stereotyping of you, they lash back at you and they call you horrendous, horrific names.Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal|Robert Silverman|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
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.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
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)
Slowly, irresistibly, the horrendous figure stalked forth into the dim light.The Master Mystery|Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey