Adjective "horrendous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely unpleasant, horrifying, or terrible.
  1. 'The poster showing the Jack Russell's horrendous injuries can be seen in the background.'
  2. 'The victims have suffered a horrendous ordeal and quite appalling injuries in the case of Mr Francis.'
  3. 'The case of these missing girls is gruesome enough without such horrendous false alarms.'
  4. 'We see some terrible cases but this is the most horrendous for some time.'
  5. 'The atrocities committed on all sides were horrendous and on a gargantuan scale.'
  6. 'I climb out of my top bunk and get my Walkman in the hopes that music will drown out the horrendous noise.'
  7. 'It's great for Roger because he's had a hard time since he suffered a horrendous injury last season.'
  8. 'Now everyone in the media agrees what a horrendous mistake it was not to follow up on it.'
  9. 'But if a referee makes a catalogue of horrendous blunders, who's going to take him to task?'
  10. 'The drive home was horrendous, with repeated hold-ups and long, long tailbacks.'


1. shockingly dreadful; horrible: a horrendous crime.

More examples(as adjective)

"winds can be horrendous at things."

"quarters can be horrendous for companies."

"notions can be horrendous to theologies."

"months can be horrendous for areas."

"problems can be horrendous."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin horrendus (gerundive of horrere ‘(of hair) stand on end’) + -ous.