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[hawr-er-struhk, hor-]
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  1. stricken with horror; horrified; aghast.
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Also hor·ror-strick·en [hawr-er-strik-uh n, hor-] /ˈhɔr ərˌstrɪk ən, ˈhɒr-/.

Origin of horror-struck

First recorded in 1805–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • The two Earthmen stopped short, horror-struck at what they saw.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Your eyes, staring and horror-struck, will observe your own hands rending her.

  • “My dear young lady,” I cried, horror-struck at the supposition.


    Joseph Conrad

  • While I was horror-struck, Channa passed by Indifferent, for he had seen such men.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

  • Since yesterday, when I heard of it, I have been so horror-struck as not to be able to write to you.

British Dictionary definitions for horror-struck



  1. shocked; horrified
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