Definition of horrific in US English:

horrific

adjective

  • Causing horror.

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

/həˈrɪfɪk//həˈrifik/