Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: Latin horribilis, from horrere; HORROR


hor‧ri‧ble S2
1 very bad - used for example about things you see, taste, or smell, or about the weather:
The weather has been really horrible all week.
a horrible smell
The food looked horrible, but it tasted OK.
2 very unpleasant and often frightening, worrying, or upsetting:
a horrible dream
I have a horrible feeling that we're going to miss the plane.
3 rude and unfriendly:
She's a horrible person.
What a horrible thing to say!
be horrible to somebody
Why are you so horrible to me?
horribly adverb:
Her face was horribly scarred.
WORD FOCUS: horrible WORD FOCUS: horrible
taste or smell: nasty, not very nice, revolting, disgusting, foul, unpleasant, gross informal

experience, situation, or feeling: nasty, not very nice, terrible, unpleasant

person: nasty, not very nice, obnoxious, mean American English, unpleasant, objectionable
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous

bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre

of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal

bad at doing something: be no good at something

very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent

morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate

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