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Origin of horrible
SYNONYMS FOR horrible
OTHER WORDS FROM horriblehor·ri·ble·ness, nounhor·ri·bly, adverb
Words nearby horrible
What does horrible mean?
Horrible is popularly used to mean extremely bad—awful, dreadful, or horrendous.
When it’s used to describe a person, it often means extremely disagreeable or cruel.
Example: Everyone seems to like that restaurant, but I had a horrible experience there—bad food and even worse service.
Where does horrible come from?
The first records of the word horrible come from around 1300. It comes from the Latin horribilis, which ultimately derives from the Latin verb horrēre, meaning “to tremble” or “to bristle with fear” (a reference to one’s hair standing on end due to extreme fear). Horrēre is also the basis of the word horror and the related words horrific, horrifying, and horrid.
Horrible is most popularly used to simply mean “really bad,” in much the same way that terrible and awful are often used, as in I had a horrible time at that party—no one would talk to me! Sometimes, though, horrible means truly horrific or horrifying, as in In my 30 years on the job, I’ve never seen a crime scene more horrible than this. Real-life horror-like violence can be described as horrible, but you wouldn’t call a horror movie horrible to mean it was really scary—you’d probably call it horrifying or terrifying. If it was really stupid and poorly made, though, then you could call it horrible. (Unless it was so bad that it was good, in which case you might call it terrific!)
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What are some other forms related to horrible?
- horribly (adverb)
- horribleness (noun)
What are some synonyms for horrible?
What are some words that share a root or word element with horrible?
What are some words that often get used in discussing horrible?
How is horrible used in real life?
The word horrible is always negative, but it’s commonly used in both serious and not-so-serious contexts.
"It's the cold fish dying in your stomach feeling. You try to forget about it, but as soon as you do, the fish starts flopping around under your heart and reminds you that something truly horrible is happening."
― Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (2013) pic.twitter.com/WWbkvio1Cj
— Is it quotable? (@isitquotable) July 24, 2020
Nothing annoys me more than when a book I love becomes a movie and it’s horrible 😒
— samantha kate (@sammyvanriper) June 27, 2020
This horrible weather is making me want to stay in my pjs & hide away all day 🌚🌚
— laur (@LaurynBeck) June 30, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for horrible
It’s horrible to say, I know, but it felt so nice that the heat was off us for a while.Tan France Goes Deep on Racism and When He Almost Quit ‘Queer Eye’|Eugene Robinson|September 3, 2020|Ozy
I think it also means I’m less likely to get hit on, which is a horrible thing that has happened to a lot of young women in fields where there aren’t enough women.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle|Rachel Crowell|September 2, 2020|Quanta Magazine
When planes were coming long-distance from London, Sydney, Narita or Hong Kong, it was horrible.What I learned from 5 years of cleaning airplanes in the middle of the night|matthewheimer|August 30, 2020|Fortune
I walk into the store, and this woman just lights me up, and starts putting my face into an iPhone and saying I’m a horrible person, and dah, dah, dah.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 26, 2020|Ozy
New York City Mayor de Blasio announced on Sunday that Ocran lost her life, and he said that she was a “psych educator” at Jacobi and that it was a horrible loss for the family, for the hospital, and for the city.
He is a true advocate for human rights who has paid a horrible price for standing up against the Assad dictatorship.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, the Japanese-owned corporation has set a horrible precedent.Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment|Aurora Snow|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, Gordon replied with, “Horrible behavior,” which was echoed by Pascal, who responded, “Actually despicable.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Slam Leonardo DiCaprio, Willow and Jaden Smith, Gush Over Ryan Gosling|William Boot|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any difficulties we experience now are not as horrible as the constant fear of bombs.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present|Anna Nemtsova|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Actually seeing someone perish is horrible for people to see—whether you have covered tough stories in the past or not.
Tell's eye was true, so he consented to the horrible proposal.Golden Deeds|Anonymous
It was a horrible thought, which subsequent experience unhappily did not tend to dispel.A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2|Florence Warden
I cannot tell you anything of the time I spent there, shut up in the gloomy castle; it was horrible beyond all words.A Monk of Cruta|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Just now the idea is horrible to ignorant people, but the faith will spread.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
I judge that my swoon lasted four hours, and when I came to my senses I found myself in this horrible position.The Red True Story Book|Various