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Origin of horrendous
OTHER WORDS FROM horrendoushor·ren·dous·ly, adverb
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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?
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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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Example sentences from the Web for horrendous
When Walmart pharmacists warned headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, about doctors who operated “known pill mills,” did “not practice real medicine” and had “horrendous prescribing practices,” headquarters ignored their pleas, the lawsuit asserts.The Justice Department Sues Walmart, Accusing It of Illegally Dispensing Opioids|by Jesse Eisinger and James Bandler|December 23, 2020|ProPublica
It takes time for bacteria to multiply and release that horrendous sweat smell.Working out at home? Here’s how to keep your house from smelling like a gym.|Harry Guinness|September 3, 2020|Popular Science
Testing has symbolized the United States’ horrendous response to the pandemic.The Case for Rapid At-Home COVID Testing for Everyone - Facts So Romantic|Robert Bazell|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
Again, it’s important that we recognize that horrendous air quality that firms pollute is not fundamentally an indictment of the capitalist system.What Does Covid-19 Mean for Cities (and Marriages)? (Ep. 410)|Stephen J. Dubner|March 26, 2020|Freakonomics
Different countries and different conflicts, yet the same horrendous stories of violence emerge.
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.
I jammed it on my head and then grabbed my throat and made horrendous retching noises.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Monstr'-inform'-ingens-horrendous Demoniaco-seraphic Penman's latest piece of graphic.The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
The horrendous act of Jacob Miller, therefore, created a sensation.Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
Or, rather, each horrendous brain had a few partially material appendages and appurtenances recognizable as bodily organs.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
Slowly, irresistibly, the horrendous figure stalked forth into the dim light.The Master Mystery|Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey