Definition of horrible in English:

horrible

adjective

  • 1Causing or likely to cause horror; shocking.

    ‘a horrible massacre’
    • ‘I think we are all waiting for someone to wake us and say it was just a horrible nightmare.’
    • ‘She will never be able to forget it, never be free from the horrible memory that this attack will leave her with.’
    • ‘Fox squeezed his eyes shut and desperately tried to tell himself that this was all a horrible nightmare.’
    • ‘Sure, some will die a horrible gruesome death, but it's only what a fox would do to another animal.’
    • ‘Some of them are horrible but then again we watch horror movies and read horror stories.’
    • ‘With John, I can't feel much about his death apart from how horrible and terrible it was.’
    • ‘Did they think these things were so horrible and awful that they hid them from their prized Healer?’
    • ‘The nobleman goes on to host orgies, untouched by grief or remorse, until his horrible death.’
    • ‘Our own children and grandchildren have come to haunt us in the most horrible manner.’
    • ‘At times the world is so horrible that continuing to see the bright side becomes hideously difficult.’
    • ‘It's a horrible, horrible disease, because you never know where it is going to strike next.’
    • ‘In fact I think that horrible as it was, that one was a much smaller disaster.’
    • ‘Thus the average person can be persuaded to do horrible things in the name of morality.’
    • ‘I can see me lying in a pool of blood as the last scene in this awful, horrible drama.’
    • ‘There were all these intricate diagrams of horrible shackles and thumbscrews.’
    • ‘A bitter confrontation ensued which he chose to end in the most horrible way.’
    • ‘While the world around us is devastated by such horrible things, we watch on.’
    • ‘The horrible memory had temporarily overtaken her but now she was back in reality.’
    • ‘He could not believe that someone, anyone, would do such a horrible thing to such a great country.’
    • ‘It is almost too painful to watch: a horrible enactment of their dual, private hell.’
    dreadful, horrifying, horrific, horrendous, frightful, fearful, awful, terrible, shocking, appalling, hideous, grim, grisly, ghastly, harrowing, gruesome, heinous, vile, nightmarish, macabre, unspeakable, hair-raising, spine-chilling
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    1. 1.1informal Very unpleasant.
      ‘the tea tasted horrible’
      • ‘Right, that's me done and my fingers and eyes need soothing after tapping away on a horrible laptop.’
      • ‘I didn't start out hating them, but the parade of horrible behaviour on show has changed my mind.’
      • ‘He thinks that being horrible to immigrants will secure the Sun readers' vote.’
      • ‘After my fourth baby was born, a photographer took a picture of me on the beach with horrible cellulite.’
      • ‘I have a horrible habit of correcting people if they lie in front of me and I catch them.’
      • ‘So on the morning of the big day I woke up bright and early after suffering a horrible night.’
      • ‘I suspect this was due to a horrible hangover and my lack of interest in small talk.’
      • ‘While in hospital he was given build-up drinks which he disliked, and the food was horrible.’
      • ‘My stomach deflated and the horrible bloated feeling I had woken with was gone.’
      • ‘We have seen it very graphically by the use of what is a horrible expression, I think, soft skills.’
      • ‘It was a horrible gameshow in which the contestants' children were put in danger as their price of entry.’
      • ‘I think it is a tribute to the performances that the heat was horrible but didn't detract from the show.’
      • ‘She said the smell of the old grass cuttings turning to mulch was horrible.’
      • ‘I did decide to go in the end and as expected the drive there was horrible.’
      • ‘Everybody always used to eat porridge in Scotland and then we went onto the horrible sugary cereals.’
      • ‘He tells himself that he is stupid if he thinks anyone as nice as his neighbor would go out with someone as horrible as him.’
      • ‘It does, however, taste so horrible that nobody could eat enough to cause death.’
      • ‘I want to buy cute summer dresses, not horrible trouser suits with tapered legs.’
      • ‘There was a horrible crunching noise which turned out to be The Chief's dentures cracking in two.’
      • ‘Karachi had been seeing some horrible heat and humidity until a couple of days ago.’
      nasty, disagreeable, unpleasant, horrid, awful, dreadful, terrible, appalling, horrendous, disgusting, foul, revolting, repulsive, repellent, ghastly
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’ (see horrid).

Pronunciation

horrible

/ˈhôrəb(ə)l//ˈhɔrəb(ə)l/