Adjective "horrid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing horror.
  1. 'She wished that she could wake up from this horrid nightmare, but no matter how many times she pinched herself, it hurt every time.'
  2. 'As one walks there at night when peaceful Balinese music is suddenly transformed into bomb-like thunder, one just can't stop a horrid chill creeping over every part of the body.'
  3. 'Why couldn't this be a dream, a horrid nightmare?'
  4. 'The horrid images of mistreatment by military police being broadcast around the globe have already proved damaging to their interests overseas.'
  5. 'I was shaken awake a few minutes later from a horrid nightmare which flew from my mind as I tried to grasp what I had dreamt about.'
  6. 'The scenarios I thought up were more horrid and gruesome than the whispers that still continued, growing in volume until I was sure I would go mad.'
  7. 'The Newscaster, reporting on the scene, tries to distract his audience from the horrid nightmare by relating an Englishman's views on Steel Tariffs.'
  8. 'Why couldn't it have all been a horrid nightmare?'
  9. 'Elsewhere, in the outside world, sad, horrid times are upon us, with a fearsome outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among sheep and cattle right across the Kingdom.'
  10. 'Tielle nodded, and they left the suddenly horrid room with its gruesome corpse.'
  11. 'the teachers at school were horrid'
  12. 'It was all he could do to keep from grimacing in disgust at the sight of those horrid yellow-brown teeth.'
  13. 'His experimental jazz recordings were simply horrid, though I recognize that I think that only because I tend to regard the entire genre as horrid.'
  14. 'In other words, I have a horrid feeling that that nasty thing might come back.'
  15. 'I feel grim and horrid, but it's a cold and I will recover.'
  16. 'While the quantity was minimal, it was good quality snow, properly frozen rather than the nasty slushy kind that feels so horrid on the skin.'
  17. 'I was wearing the standard graduation robe in a horrid red colour.'
  18. 'He might treat with disdain ‘the horrid, sweetish white Zinfandel’, but strangely enough, there are consumers who feel the same way about his favoured vintages.'
  19. 'Your distasteful language is almost as horrid as your appearance!'
  20. 'When I first saw the album, the name conjured all kind of horrid musical possibilities in my mind.'
  21. 'It would've been terribly immature, and she would've felt horrid about it later, however it would sure make her feel better at the moment.'
Rough; bristling.
  1. 'Our caves are not like her castle, and when we pluck fruit from the trees we have nursed so carefully in crevices, away from the wind, we have to climb their rough and horrid trunks.'


1. such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.

2. extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: horrid weather; She thought her uncle was horrid.

3. Archaic. shaggy or bristling; rough.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be horrid about people."

"people can be horrid."

"truths can be horrid."

"stuffs can be horrid."

"feelings can be horrid."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘rough, bristling’): from Latin horridus, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder, (of hair) stand on end’.