horrible (plural horribles)
- 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.
- A person wearing a comic or grotesque costume in a parade of horribles.
horrible (comparative horribler or more horrible, superlative horriblest or most horrible)
- Causing horror; terrible; shocking.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
- Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability: […] it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
1953, Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451:
- 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.
1933, James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times:
- Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.
- Tremendously bad.
- 2010, Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010, page 599:
- Having now absorbed all or parts of 750 responses to my complaints about Transformers, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that most of those writing agree with me that it is a horrible movie.
- See Wikisaurus:frightening
- See Wikisaurus:bad
causing horror, terrible
- Asturian: horrible
- Belarusian: жахлі́вы m (žaxlívy)
- Catalan: horrible (ca), hòrrid (ca), esgarrifós
- Finnish: kauhea (fi), kauhistuttava (fi), hirvittävä (fi), karmiva, kammottava (fi)
- French: horrible (fr), affreux (fr)
- Galician: horrible (gl), horríbel (gl)
- Georgian: საშინელი (sašineli)
- German: schrecklich (de)
- Hungarian: borzalmas (hu), borzasztó (hu), rettenetes (hu)
- Icelandic: hræðilegur (is)
- Irish: gránna
- Italian: orribile (it), terribile (it)
- Norman: hôrribl'ye
- Latvian: šausmīgs
- Old English: agrisenlic, angrislic, deorc, efesig, efeslic, grislic, gryrelic, hetelic, laþlic, ongryrelic, unhiere, wraþ, anþræclic, frecne
- Polish: straszny (pl), okropny (pl)
- Portuguese: horrível (pt)
- Romanian: oribil (ro), groaznic (ro), îngrozitor (ro)
- Russian: ужа́сный (ru) (užásnyj), стра́шный (ru) (strášnyj)
- Spanish: horrible (es), horrendo
- Swedish: fasansfull (sv), hemsk (sv)
- Turkish: korkunç (tr)
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horrible m, f (plural horribles)
- horrible; causing horror.