Origin of horrid
OTHER WORDS FROM horridhor·rid·ly, adverbhor·rid·ness, noun
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What does horrid mean?
Horrid is popularly used to mean extremely bad—awful, dreadful, or horrible.
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 horrid experience there—bad food and even worse service.
Where does horrid come from?
The first records of the word horrid come from the late 1500s. It comes from the Latin horridus, which means “prickly” or “rough” and 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 the basis of the word horror and the related words horrific, horrifying, and horrible.
Horrid is most popularly used to simply mean “really bad,” in much the same way that horrible and terrible are often used, as in I had a horrid time at that party—no one would talk to me! Sometimes, though, horrid means truly horrific or horrifying, as in In my 30 years on the job, I’ve never seen a crime scene more horrid than this. Real-life horror, like violence, can be described as horrid, but you wouldn’t call a horror movie horrid 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 horrid. (Unless it was so bad that it was good, in which case you might call it terrific!)
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How is horrid used in real life?
The word horrid is always negative, but it’s commonly used in both serious and not-so-serious contexts.
The report is the second in 15 months detailing horrid, violent conditions in Alabama's men's prisons. https://t.co/r6fMxtXXaA
— MontgomeryAdvertiser (@MGMAdvertiser) July 23, 2020
It's looking to be a clear night for many of us this evening. A nice break from the horrid weather and a good excuse to go stargazing.
Wrap up warm, go outside, look up, take some pics if you want and enjoy :)
The Moon and Venus will look particularly splendid.
— VirtualAstro (@VirtualAstro) February 27, 2020
Literally praying that my friends roommate moves out so I can move in with her and leave my horrid roommate behind! 🙏
— jess 💋 (@jesseckhoff) December 13, 2014
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How to use horrid in a sentence
The 4-1 away victory over Honduras came after a horrid first half and after star attacker Christian Pulisic left with an ankle injury.After a listless start, U.S. rallies to thrash Honduras for first win of World Cup qualifying|Steven Goff|September 9, 2021|Washington Post
Even Giant’s notoriously horrid saddles have been updated to a surprisingly tolerable Romero SL perch.
Plus, the horrid communication from Google made things worse.Passage based rankings, core web vitals and responsive search ads; Friday’s daily brief|Barry Schwartz|February 19, 2021|Search Engine Land
The Duke of Hastings is broken, consumed by a vow made against a horrid father.How ‘Bridgerton’ flipped the script on ‘The Duke and I’|Vanessa Riley|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Removing choice is bullying and seems a horrid basis on which to anchor your relationship.
This world is a horrid cancer that no decent soul should ever partake from.Is This The Most Hated Man in Books?: Twitter vs. Edward Champion|Brandy Zadrozny|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And bringing this home for all was the horrid beheading of American journalist James Foley.
The state likely will lead in the countervailing lawsuits when (insert a horrid disease here) is found to be linked to e-puffing.Big Tobacco, Not MRSA, Is the Real Problem With E-Cigarettes|Kent Sepkowitz|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2001, students in the mostly black Richmond district in Virginia had rather horrid reading scores.
Her eyes, for a moment, fixed themselves with a horrid conviction of a wide and nameless treachery.
But he was ignorant of that part of the horrid tale; and the Duke, in a milder voice, bade him rise.
They are faced by a horrid redoubt held by machine guns, and they are to rush it with the bayonet.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
John Tubbs was one day doing his sums, when little Sam Jones pushed against him; and down went the slate with a horrid clatter.
I guess you are growing up, 17 laughed unconscious Dinah; its hateful and horrid to grow up; I never shall.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater