|Origin:||horrour, from Latin horror, from horrere 'to raise one's hair stiffly, shake with fear'|
a strong feeling of shock and fear
Staff watched in horror as he set himself alight.
Many people recoil with horror when they see a big spider like this.
to somebody's horror (=making someone shocked or afraid)
To my horror, I realised my shirt was wet with blood.
You should have seen the look of horror on his face.
2 [countable usually plural]
something that is very terrible, shocking, or frightening
the horrors of war
when a situation or event is very unpleasant or shocking:
Dense smoke surrounded them, adding to the horror of the situation.
Only when the vehicle was lifted did the full horror of the accident become clear.
to be afraid of something or dislike it very much:
He has a horror of snakes.
5 British English
a young child who behaves badly
to make someone feel unreasonably frightened or nervous
7 British English
used to say how bad something is - often used humorously when you think something is not really very bad