horrible adj : provoking horror; "an atrocious automobile accident"; "a frightful crime of decapitation"; "an alarming, even horrifying, picture"; "war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill; "an ugly wound" [syn: atrocious, frightful, horrifying, ugly]
EtymologyFirst attested in (alternately as horrible and orrible) in 1303: from horrible, from horribilis, from horrere + -ibilis.
- a RP /ˈhɔɹɪbl/
- A thing that causes horror; a terrifying thing,
particularly a prospective bad consequence asserted as likely to
result from an act.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick
- Here's a carcase. I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing. Such a waggish leering as lurks in all your horribles!
- 1982, United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, The
Genocide Convention: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign
Relations, United States Senate
- A lot of the possible horribles conjured up by the people objecting to this convention ignore the plain language of this treaty.
- 1991, Alastair Scott, Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
- The pot had previously simmered skate wings, cods' heads, whales, pigs' hearts and a long litany of other horribles.
- 2000, John Dean, CNN
interview, January 21, 2000:
- I'm trying to convince him that the criminal behavior that's going on at the White House has to end. And I give him one horrible after the next. I just keep raising them. He sort of swats them away.
- 2001, Neil K. Komesar, Law's Limits: The Rule of Law and the
Supply and Demand of Rights
- Many scholars have demonstrated these horribles and contemplated significant limitations on class actions.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick
- A person wearing a comic or grotesque costume in a parade of horribles.
- Finnish: kauheus
Quotations(causing horror, terrible)
- "Some of us have had plastic surgery on our faces and fingerprints. Right now we have a horrible job; we're waiting for the war to begin and, as quickly, end." - Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 1953
- "Strangers fainted dead away at the sight of the Laughing Man's horrible face. Acquaintances shunned him." - The Laughing Man, J. D. Salinger, The New Yorker, March 19, 1949
- "Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house." - My Life and Hard Times, James Thurber, 1933
causing horror, terrible
tremendously wrong or errant
Adjectivehorrible (plural: horribles)
- horrible; causing horror.
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