Definition of horrendous in English:

horrendous

adjective

  • Extremely unpleasant, horrifying, or terrible:

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

Mid 17th century: from Latin horrendus (gerundive of horrere (of hair) stand on end) + -ous.

Pronunciation

horrendous

/hɒˈrɛndəs/