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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word horrible.

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.


  1. Horrible

    Horrible is an EP by the rock group Half Japanese. It was released in 1982.


  1. horrible

    Horrible is an adjective that describes something causing or likely to cause horror; shocking, extremely unpleasant, or distressing. It's often used to denote extremely dislikeable or poor-quality conditions, events, or objects.

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. Bruce Miller:

    I don't want the show to be torture to watch. It is entertainment and you want people to be compelled by it. You don't want it to be horrible medicine.

  2. Grish Gregoran:

    Trump is not welcome in Britain, we wanted to embarrass him and I think we have done that today. We know how sensitive he is. It is horrible to hear the inflammatory language that he uses and I am embarrassed that (Prime Minister) Theresa May has done so much to welcome him.

  3. Wednesday Limbaugh:

    These people are gonna fix the planet! Theyre gonna save the planet! Climate change, all that? Theyre gonna save us from all this horrible pollution? They cant even empty the garbage right in their own cities!

  4. Sean Lizama:

    I just want people to understand that this is a very horrible thing and the fact that it’s so seriously underfunded, nobody talks about it, it’s not getting the attention and it makes it even worse, i want people to know what my dad went through, how he fought to save my life while fighting for his.

  5. Kimberly Crane:

    It was unreal, heartbreaking, like, I don't think anyone wants to see their daughter on fire. It was horrible.

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