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horrible

[ hawr-uh-buhl, hor- ]
/ ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr- /
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adjective
causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting: horrible living conditions.
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Origin of horrible

1275–1325; Middle English (h)orrible<Old French <Latin horribilis, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle with fear) + -ibilis-ible

OTHER WORDS FROM horrible

hor·ri·ble·ness, nounhor·ri·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for horrible

horrible
/ (ˈhɒrəbəl) /

adjective
causing horror; dreadful
disagreeable; unpleasant
informal cruel or unkind

Derived forms of horrible

horribleness, noun

Word Origin for horrible

C14: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrēre to tremble
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