Definition of horrendous in English:



  • Extremely unpleasant, horrifying, or terrible.

    ‘she suffered horrendous injuries’
    • ‘Now everyone in the media agrees what a horrendous mistake it was not to follow up on it.’
    • ‘More recently, he has endured the most horrendous bad luck in terms of injuries.’
    • ‘Kenny Smith feared for his life on the Ullapool to Stornaway Calmac ferry during a horrendous storm.’
    • ‘It's great for Roger because he's had a hard time since he suffered a horrendous injury last season.’
    • ‘The drive home was horrendous, with repeated hold-ups and long, long tailbacks.’
    • ‘The victims have suffered a horrendous ordeal and quite appalling injuries in the case of Mr Francis.’
    • ‘I climb out of my top bunk and get my Walkman in the hopes that music will drown out the horrendous noise.’
    • ‘A ban on this horrendous daily cruelty to thousands of animals would impact on the profits of food producers.’
    • ‘They sometimes feel their own situation is horrendous and no-one else can possibly be in the same boat.’
    • ‘He lost an eye and an arm, as well as suffering horrendous internal injuries.’
    • ‘The atrocities committed on all sides were horrendous and on a gargantuan scale.’
    • ‘We are united in our stand to bring to justice those that perpetrated such a horrendous act of murder.’
    • ‘The consequences, had what they were doing led to a train being derailed, could have been horrendous.’
    • ‘But if a referee makes a catalogue of horrendous blunders, who's going to take him to task?’
    • ‘The poster showing the Jack Russell's horrendous injuries can be seen in the background.’
    • ‘The case of these missing girls is gruesome enough without such horrendous false alarms.’
    • ‘I am not going to give you examples, but there were two really horrendous stories, awful.’
    • ‘We see some terrible cases but this is the most horrendous for some time.’
    • ‘Why do these criminals feel they can perpetrate such horrendous crimes and get away with it?’
    • ‘Cheap and nasty food becomes even cheaper and nastier to subsidise the horrendous wastage.’
    unpleasant, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, vile, foul, abominable, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, odious, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, repellent, repugnant, hideous, appalling, atrocious, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, off-putting, uninviting, dirty, filthy, squalid
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Mid 17th century: from Latin horrendus (gerundive of horrere (of hair) stand on end) + -ous.