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hor·ri·ble

horrible

 
 
pronunciation:
ho rih bl [or] ha rih bl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word History
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: causing or tending to cause a feeling of horror; dreadful.
He woke up screaming after a horrible nightmare.
synonyms:
dreadful, ghastly, horrendous, horrid, horrifying, terrible
antonyms:
appealing
similar words:
atrocious, bloodcurdling, dire, dread, gory, grisly, gruesome, macabre, scary
definition 2: very unpleasant, disagreeable, or ugly; disgusting.
The robbers created a horrible mess in the house.How can you eat at that place? The food is horrible!All the roommates are fighting now, and the situation is horrible.
synonyms:
abominable, awful, disgusting, dreadful, frightful, horrendous, horrid, obnoxious, revolting
antonyms:
delightful, lovely
similar words:
abhorrent, abysmal, appalling, atrocious, beastly, disagreeable, distasteful, foul, ghastly, hideous, loathsome, offensive, rank, repugnant, repulsive, shocking, terrible, unpleasant
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derivations: horribly (adv.), horribleness (n.)
Word History
Horrible comes from a Latin word that means "bristly or savage looking."