[ haw-rif-ik, ho- ]
/ hɔˈrɪf ɪk, hɒ- /


causing horror.

Origin of horrific

1645–55; < Latin horrificus, equivalent to horri- (combining form of horrēre to bristle with fear) + -ficus -fic
Related formshor·rif·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for horrifically


/ (hɒˈrɪfɪk, hə-) /


provoking horror; horrible
Derived Formshorrifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for horrifically



"causing horror," 1650s, from French horrifique or directly from Latin horrificus "dreadful, exciting terror," literally "making the hair stand on end," from horrere "to bristle, to stand on end" (see horror) + -ficus, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Horrifically.

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