- an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear: to shrink back from a mutilated corpse in horror.
- anything that causes such a feeling: killing, looting, and other horrors of war.
- such a feeling as a quality or condition: to have known the horror of slow starvation.
- a strong aversion; abhorrence: to have a horror of emotional outbursts.
- Informal. something considered bad or tasteless: That wallpaper is a horror. The party was a horror.
- horrors, Informal.
- delirium tremens.
- extreme depression.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for horrors
Or (horrors) he could reach out to congressional leaders in both parties to pursue bipartisan legislation.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
In 1987, The Deer Hunter was hailed at the Moscow Film Festival as an important portrayal of the horrors of war.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
The history of horrors in the North Caucasus is so extraordinary and so long as to seem almost otherworldly.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present
December 9, 2014
Then came the horrors of World War I, with the advent of tanks and airplanes and poison gas.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
I had to have something to hold onto after all the horrors I had seen every day for five weeks in Liberia.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
I suppose the cup of horrors was not full enough for such as me.The Secret Agent
I had undoubtedly brought on myself a fit of the "horrors," by my recent excesses.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Will you be a willing party to bringing these horrors again upon us?In the Valley
It's the wail of a lost spirit, loosed temporarily from the horrors of purgatory.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
That settled, she had nothing to do but to recount her horrors over again.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- slang a fit of depression or anxiety
- informal See delirium tremens
- an expression of dismay, sometimes facetious
- 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 and History for horrors
early 14c., from Old French horror (12c., Modern French horreur) and directly from Latin horror "dread, veneration, religious awe," a figurative use, literally "a shaking, trembling, shudder, chill," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder," from PIE root *ghers- "to bristle" (cf. Sanskrit harsate "bristles," Avestan zarshayamna- "ruffling one's feathers," Latin eris (genitive) "hedgehog," Welsh garw "rough"). As a genre in film, 1934. Chamber of horrors originally (1849) was a gallery of notorious criminals in Madame Tussaud's wax exhibition.
Idioms and Phrases with horrors
see under throw up one's hands.