What does horror mean?

Definitions for horror
ˈhɔr ər, ˈhɒr-hor·ror

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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

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [Formerly written horrour.]

  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

    Etymology: [Formerly written horrour.]

  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

    Etymology: [Formerly written horrour.]

  4. Horror(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Formerly written horrour.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Horror

    hor′ur, n. a shuddering: excessive fear: that which excites horror.—adjs. Horr′or-strick′en, -struck, struck with horror.—The horrors, extreme depression: delirium tremens. [L.—horrēre, to bristle.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horror in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horror in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of horror in a Sentence

  1. Mark Rutte:

    For now, we are overcome by a sense of horror and disbelief at the terrible events of today.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Every death is a horror -- but if you look at a real catastrophe, like Hurricane Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering -- nobody has ever seen anything like this, everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico.

  4. Actor Bradley Cooper:

    It is a movie about what someone like Chris, a soldier, has to go through and the dilemma and the horror of it and the battle internally and with the family.

  5. Anthony Summers:

    One of the things that was hidden was the secret that United States was breaking the Japanese diplomatic code and keeping that secret saved countless lives during the war... but after that, there is no worthy reason for continuing to vilify two honorable men and to allow them to shoulder the responsibility of the death of so many young men. It is an injustice that should be righted. the fact that there have only been two big catastrophes -- one was Pearl Harbor... and the other was 9/11. They are both the same kind of stature and horror in the American memory.

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