[ hawr-er, hor- ]
/ ˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr- /



inspiring or creating horror, loathing, aversion, etc.: The hostages told horror stories of their year in captivity.
centered upon or depicting terrifying or macabre events: a horror movie.


horrors, (used as a mild expression of dismay, surprise, disappointment, etc.)

Origin of horror

1520–30; < Latin horror, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to bristle with fear; see horrendous) + -or -or1; replacing Middle English orrour < Anglo-French < Latin horrōr-, stem of horror


4 loathing, antipathy, detestation, hatred, abomination.
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British Dictionary definitions for horror

/ (ˈhɒrə) /


extreme fear; terror; dread
intense loathing; hatred
(often plural) a thing or person causing fear, loathing, etc
(modifier) having a frightening subject, esp a supernatural onea horror film

Word Origin for horror

C14: from Latin: a trembling with fear; compare hirsute
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Idioms and Phrases with horror


see under throw up one's hands.

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