[ hawr-uhnt, hor- ]

  1. bristling; standing erect like bristles.

Origin of horrent

1660–70; <Latin horrent- (stem of horrēns, present participle of horrēre to stand on end, bristle with fear), equivalent to horr- (see horrendous) + -ent--ent

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How to use horrent in a sentence

  • All horrent the cobra exalts his hooded head, and the spanning jaws fly open.

  • The golden throne had become a "siege perilous," and she abdicated in favor of the grasshopper and his black and horrent visitor.

    Queen Hildegarde | Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards