Adjective "horrible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing or likely to cause horror; shocking.
  1. 'Fox squeezed his eyes shut and desperately tried to tell himself that this was all a horrible nightmare.'
  2. 'At times the world is so horrible that continuing to see the bright side becomes hideously difficult.'
  3. 'A bitter confrontation ensued which he chose to end in the most horrible way.'
  4. 'Our own children and grandchildren have come to haunt us in the most horrible manner.'
  5. 'With John, I can't feel much about his death apart from how horrible and terrible it was.'
  6. 'In fact I think that horrible as it was, that one was a much smaller disaster.'
  7. 'She will never be able to forget it, never be free from the horrible memory that this attack will leave her with.'
  8. 'While the world around us is devastated by such horrible things, we watch on.'
  9. 'Some of them are horrible but then again we watch horror movies and read horror stories.'
  10. 'There were all these intricate diagrams of horrible shackles and thumbscrews.'
  11. 'the tea tasted horrible'
  12. 'Everybody always used to eat porridge in Scotland and then we went onto the horrible sugary cereals.'
  13. 'While in hospital he was given build-up drinks which he disliked, and the food was horrible.'
  14. 'My stomach deflated and the horrible bloated feeling I had woken with was gone.'
  15. 'We have seen it very graphically by the use of what is a horrible expression, I think, soft skills.'
  16. 'Right, that's me done and my fingers and eyes need soothing after tapping away on a horrible laptop.'
  17. 'I did decide to go in the end and as expected the drive there was horrible.'
  18. 'He thinks that being horrible to immigrants will secure the Sun readers' vote.'
  19. 'I suspect this was due to a horrible hangover and my lack of interest in small talk.'
  20. 'I want to buy cute summer dresses, not horrible trouser suits with tapered legs.'
  21. 'She said the smell of the old grass cuttings turning to mulch was horrible.'


1. causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.

2. extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting: horrible living conditions.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be horrible to people."

"worlds can be horrible to people."

"people can be horrible to unkinds."

"people can be horrible to mothers."

"people can be horrible in theres."

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