- causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
- extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting: horrible living conditions.
Origin of horrible
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Examples from the Web for horribleness
It looked so nice and comfortable, compared with the horribleness outside.Peterkin
Mary Louisa Molesworth
Amidst the horribleness of the dead, the men fought and lived.Australia in Arms
Phillip F.E. Schuler
The horribleness of thus bidding for Bethulah flashed on me even as I spoke.Ghetto Tragedies
He knew they spoke of the horribleness of death; but what was the cold script to the actuality?The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari
James S. De Benneville
Cain's words therefore are here to be understood affirmatively, and they show the horribleness of his despair.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I
- causing horror; dreadful
- disagreeable; unpleasant
- informal cruel or unkind
Word Origin and History for horribleness
c.1300, from Old French horrible, orrible (12c.) "horrible, repugnant, terrifying," from Latin horribilis "terrible, fearful, dreadful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Used as a mere intensifier from mid-15c.