Definition of horrific in English:

horrific

adjective

  • Causing horror.

    ‘horrific injuries’
    • ‘To lose a child that way or to have to identify their body would be just horrific.’
    • ‘He says that is the way it has to be, because the reality is too horrific to squeeze into a prime time television slot.’
    • ‘In the letter he told of Barbara's battle to recover from her horrific ordeal.’
    • ‘It would also ask them to think about the horrific manner in which he died.’
    • ‘Often, when grafts heal, they thicken and leave the patients with horrific scarring.’
    • ‘The horrific accident happened when the two sides of a grave he was digging caved in on him.’
    • ‘It's horrific and frightening and makes you question yourself and what you might be capable of.’
    • ‘All who drowned were illegal immigrants who endured the most horrific working conditions.’
    • ‘A man has died and another is in a serious condition after a horrific road collision with a petrol tanker.’
    • ‘A notorious accident spot that has been the scene of horrific road crashes is the focus of a new safety plan.’
    • ‘Many of them show attacks on children and are too horrific for a newspaper.’
    • ‘A man suffered horrific crush injuries to his hand after he became trapped in a printing press.’
    • ‘Her injuries were so horrific that the vet had no choice but to put her to sleep.’
    • ‘There, last Tuesday, occurred a scene all but lost amid the horrific pictures of last week.’
    • ‘She said the horrific attack had left many residents scared for their safety.’
    • ‘There's no doubt that some people suffered almost unimaginably horrific deaths.’
    • ‘Some time later I received a magazine containing the horrific pictures of Belsen.’
    • ‘The siege had come to a brutal and ugly end, but the full horrific scale of the crisis had not yet revealed itself.’
    • ‘Today horrific memories of the greyest of days in January are hard to erase.’
    • ‘A man suffered a horrific eye injury after he and his girlfriend were attacked by a gang of thugs as they left a pub.’
    dreadful, horrendous, horrifying, horrible, frightful, awful, terrible, fearful, shocking, appalling, atrocious, hideous, grim, grisly, ghastly, harrowing, gruesome, unspeakable, monstrous, nightmarish, sickening, nauseating
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin horrificus, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’ (see horrid).

Pronunciation

horrific

/hɒˈrɪfɪk/