- 1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is horrendous is very unpleasant or shocking.
He described it as the most horrendous experience of his life...
The violence used was horrendous.Syn:2) ADJ-GRADED Some people use horrendous to describe something that is so big or great that they find it extremely unpleasant. [INFORMAL]
Nor do their debts looks so horrendous when related to the value of their fixed assets.
...the usually horrendous traffic jams.Syn:Derived words:horrendously ADV-GRADED usu ADV adj/-ed, also ADV after v
Many outings can now be horrendously expensive for parents with a young family.
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Horrendous — Hor*ren dous, a. [L. horrendus.] Fearful; frightful. [Obs.] I. Watts. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
horrendous — index contemptible, depraved, disastrous, disreputable, heinous, reprehensible Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
horrendous — 1650s, from L. horrendus dreadful, fearful, terrible, lit. to be shuddered at, gerundive of horrere to bristle with fear, shudder (see HORROR (Cf. horror)). Earlier form in English was horrend (mid 15c.) … Etymology dictionary
horrendous — horrific, *horrible, horrid … New Dictionary of Synonyms
horrendous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely unpleasant or horrifying. DERIVATIVES horrendously adverb. ORIGIN Latin horrendus, from horrere (see HORROR(Cf. ↑horror)) … English terms dictionary
horrendous — [hô ren′dəs, həren′dəs] adj. [L horrendus < prp. of horrere: see HORRID] horrible; frightful horrendously adv … English World dictionary
horrendous — hor|ren|dous [hɔˈrendəs, hə US ha: , ho: ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: horrendus, from horrere; HORROR] 1.) frightening and terrible = ↑horrific ▪ a horrendous experience ▪ She suffered horrendous injuries. 2.) informal extremely… … Dictionary of contemporary English
horrendous — hor|ren|dous [ hə rendəs ] adjective 1. ) extremely bad or shocking: a horrendous mistake 2. ) so much or so large that it shocks or upsets you: horrendous financial losses They work horrendous hours. ╾ hor|ren|dous|ly adverb: Property in this… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
horrendous — UK [hɒˈrendəs] / US [həˈrendəs] adjective 1) extremely bad or shocking a horrendous mistake 2) so much or so large that it shocks or upsets you They work horrendous hours. horrendous financial losses Derived word: horrendously adverb Property in… … English dictionary
horrendous — adjective Etymology: Latin horrendus, from gerundive of horrēre Date: 1659 horrible, dreadful < the tax rate was horrendous > < horrendous crimes > • horrendously adverb … New Collegiate Dictionary