What does horrible mean?

Definitions for horrible
ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr-hor·ri·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, uglyadjective

    provoking horror

    "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound"


  1. horriblenoun

    A thing that causes horror; a terrifying thing, particularly a prospective bad consequence asserted as likely to result from an act.

  2. horriblenoun

    A person wearing a comic or grotesque costume in a parade of horribles.

  3. horribleadjective

    Causing horror; terrible; shocking.

  4. horribleadjective

    Tremendously wrong or errant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HORRIBLEadjective

    Dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous; enormous.

    Etymology: horrible, French; horribilis, Lat.

    No colour affecteth the eye much with displeasure: there be sights that are horrible, because they excite the memory of things that are odious or fearful. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Eternal happiness and eternal misery, meeting with a persuasion that the soul is immortal, are, of all others, the first the most desireable, and the latter the most horrible to human apprehension. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horribleadjective

    exciting, or tending to excite, horror or fear; dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous; as, a horrible sight; a horrible story; a horrible murder

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Horrible

    hor′i-bl, adj. causing or tending to cause horror: dreadful: awful: terrific.—n. Horr′ibleness.—adv. Horr′ibly. [L. horribilishorrēre.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horrible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1274

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horrible' in Adjectives Frequency: #703

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horrible in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horrible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of horrible in a Sentence

  1. Jackson Jr.:

    This quote resonated with me the most given our current climate because we have become so polarized. We no longer sit down and have conversations about our differences and as Martin Luther King Jr.Why said it is purely out of fear of what we don't know about each other, i believe in order for us to move past the horrible events of the past few months as well as the past several decades, we need to have open and honest dialogue. ( We need) a conversation where no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation or any other difference, we listen with compassion and find a common ground. If the pandemic taught us nothing else, we must value time and we must talk to each other. We can't let fear dictate who we are. We got ta be better than that. It's time to achieve Dr. King's dream.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I have people that are so nasty, so mean, so horrible, nobody in Iowa will want to have dinner with them, it's true. They're horrible human beings, I admit it.

  3. Donald Trump:

    When you say a personal attack, did you hear what Nancy Pelosi said long before I went after Nancy Pelosi ? Did you hear Nancy Pelosi ? Nancy Pelosi made horrible statements. Nancy Pelosi knows they're not true. Nancy Pelosi said terrible things. So, I just responded in kind, look, you think Nancy's the same as she was ? She's not. Maybe we can all say that, but... I'm only speaking for President Donald Trump.

  4. Audrey Wendt:

    There's a period of time when patients often get really restless. It's horrible to see, the body knows something is very wrong. It's trying to compensate, but it just can't.

  5. Francis Thomas:

    It was a horrible day and I saw things that day that I would never want anyone to see.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. foreordained
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