[ haw-ren-duhs, ho- ]
/ hɔˈrɛn dəs, hɒ- /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM horrendoushor·ren·dous·ly, adverb
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How to use horrendous in a sentence
It wasn’t the “oh my God, this is horrendous” feeling we’d had the weeks before but there were no groundbreaking changes, either.Distance learning was a disaster. So I decided to teach my daughter myself.|Tracey Lewis-Giggetts|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The hatchet job quickly went viral, with the twitterverse agreeing that it was terribly funny and horrendously mean.Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells|Katie Baker|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To be fair, the problem that had to be addressed was horrendously complex.Preventing Another Bank Disaster|Jeffrey E. Garten|March 15, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for horrendous
/ (hɒˈrɛndəs) /
another word for horrific
Derived forms of horrendoushorrendously, adverb
Word Origin for horrendous
C17: from Latin horrendus fearful, from horrēre to bristle, shudder, tremble; see horror
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