One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘there was a horrible murder here earlier this year’
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
loathsome, monstrous, abhorrent, detestable, hateful, execrable, abominable, atrocious, sickening, nauseating
2‘the tea tasted horrible’
nasty, disagreeable, unpleasant, horrid, awful, dreadful, terrible, appalling, horrendous, disgusting, foul, revolting, repulsive, repellent, ghastly
obnoxious, hateful, odious, objectionable, offensive, insufferable, vile, loathsome, abhorrent
informal frightful, lousy, God-awful, hellish
British informal beastly, grotty, bitchy, catty
Northern Irish informal bogging
North American informal hellacious
archaic disgustful, loathly
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