Definitions for horrorˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hor•rorˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr-(n.)

  1. an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear:

    to shrink back in horror.

  2. anything that causes such a feeling.

  3. a strong aversion; abhorrence.

  4. Informal. something considered bad or tasteless:

    That wallpaper is a horror.

    Category: Informal

  5. horrors, Informal. extreme depression.

    Category: Informal

    Ref: delirium tremens.

  6. (adj.)inspiring or creating horror or loathing:

    a horror movie.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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

Origin of horror:

1520–30; < L, =horr(ēre) to bristle with fear +-or -or1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. horror(noun)

    intense and profound fear

  2. horror(noun)

    something that inspires dislike; something horrible

    "the painting that others found so beautiful was a horror to him"

  3. repugnance, repulsion, revulsion, horror(noun)

    intense aversion

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. horror(noun)ˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr-

    a feeling of great shock and fear, or sth that makes you feel this

    She looked at the body in horror.; the horrors of life in a war zone

  2. horrorˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr-

    a type of writing for film or books that is intended to frighten audiences

    a horror movie

  3. horrorˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr-

    sb's account of sth unpleasant that happened to them

    horror stories about buying things on the Internet that never arrive


  1. horror(Noun)

    An intense painful emotion of fear or repugnance.

  2. horror(Noun)

    An intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.

  3. horror(Noun)

    A literary genre, generally of a gothic character.

  4. horror(Noun)

    (The horrors, informal) An intense anxiety or a nervous depression.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horror(noun)

    a bristling up; a rising into roughness; tumultuous movement

  2. Horror(noun)

    a shaking, shivering, or shuddering, as in the cold fit which precedes a fever; in old medical writings, a chill of less severity than a rigor, and more marked than an algor

  3. Horror(noun)

    a painful emotion of fear, dread, and abhorrence; a shuddering with terror and detestation; the feeling inspired by something frightful and shocking

  4. Horror(noun)

    that which excites horror or dread, or is horrible; gloom; dreariness


  1. Horror

    Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's primal fears. Horror films often feature scenes that startle the viewer; the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Thus they may overlap with the fantasy, supernatural, and thriller genres. Horror films often deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, demons, vicious animals, monsters, zombies, cannibals, and serial killers. Conversely, movies about the supernatural are not necessarily always horrific.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horror' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4278

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horror' in Nouns Frequency: #1543

Translations for horror

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


great fear or dislike

She has a horror of spiders; She looked at me in horror.

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