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horror

[ hawr-er, hor- ]
/ ˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr- /
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Definition of horror

noun
adjective
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.
interjection
horrors, (used as a mild expression of dismay, surprise, disappointment, etc.)
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Origin of horror

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

synonym study for horror

1. See terror.
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British Dictionary definitions for horror

horror
/ (ˈhɒrə) /

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with horror

horror

see under throw up one's hands.

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