[ 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

SYNONYMS FOR horrendous

Related forms

hor·ren·dous·ly, adverb
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/ (hɒˈrɛndəs) /


another word for horrific

Derived Forms

horrendously, adverb

Word Origin for horrendous

C17: from Latin horrendus fearful, from horrēre to bristle, shudder, tremble; see horror
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