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Definitions for horrid
ˈhɔr ɪd, ˈhɒr-hor·rid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. horridadjective

    exceedingly bad

    "when she was bad she was horrid"

  2. hideous, horrid, horrific, outrageousadjective

    grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

    "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry"


  1. horridadjective

    bristling, rough, rugged

  2. horridadjective

    causing horror or dread

  3. horridadjective

    offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable

  4. Etymology: From horridus, from horrere. See horrent, horror, ordure

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HORRIDadjective

    Etymology: horridus, Latin.

    Give colour to my pale cheek with thy blood,
    That we the horrider may seem to those
    Which chance to find us. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Not in the legions
    Of horrid hell can come a devil more damn’d,
    In evils to top Macbeth. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Already I your tears survey,
    Already hear the horrid things they say. Alexander Pope.

    Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn,
    Few paths of human feet or tracks of beasts were worn. Dry.


  1. horrid

    Horrid is an adjective that describes something as extremely unpleasant or repugnant, causing horror, dread, or fear. It can also refer to something that is poor in quality or very disagreeable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horridadjective

    rough; rugged; bristling

  2. Horridadjective

    fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence, very offensive

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Horrid

    hor′id, adj. fitted to produce horror: shocking: offensive.—adv. Horr′idly.—n. Horr′idness. [L. horridushorrēre, to bristle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horrid in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horrid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of horrid in a Sentence

  1. Henry James:

    Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.

  2. Tal Winter:

    It’s bad for my health, it’s horrid for the environment and it’s also really ugly, it’s like a garbage accordion.

  3. Lord Byron:

    How sweet and soothing is this hour of calm I thank thee, night for thou has chased away these horrid bodements which, amidst the throng, I could not dissipate and with the blessing of thy benign and quiet influence now will I to my couch, although to rest is almost wronging such a night as this.

  4. President Trump:

    We're the federal government. We're not supposed to stand on street corners doing testing, you should say,' Congratulations, great job,' instead of being so horrid in the way you ask a question.

  5. Said Peek:

    What pandemics, natural disasters, economic disasters do is uncover the everyday lived experience of these structural inequities that communities live with all the time, then they get so horrid that they come to light and people are just clutching their pearls like,' Oh my goodness !'.

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