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- horrible:  The Latin verb horrēre was used for hair standing on end or bristling. A common cause of this phenomenon is of course fear, and so in due course horrēre came to mean ‘tremble, shake, be filled with fear and revulsion’. The latter sense has been carried through into English in the derivatives horrible, horrid , and horror . (Horrid, incidentally, from Latin horridus, was originally used in English in the etymological sense ‘shaggy, hairy, bristling’ – ‘a rugged attire, hirsute head, horrid beard’, Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy 1621 – but this did not survive beyond the early 19th century.) The Old French descendant of horridus was ord ‘filthy’, from a derivative of which English gets ordure .
=> horrid, horror, ordure
- horrible (adj.)
- c. 1300, from Old French horrible, orrible (12c.) "horrible, repugnant, terrifying," from Latin horribilis "terrible, fearful, dreadful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Used as a mere intensifier from mid-15c.
- 1. They made sure that he died a horrible death.
- 2. Loneliness can be horrible, but it need not remain that way.
- 3. Unless you respect other people's religions, horrible mistakes and conflict will occur.
- 4. That seems like a horrible mess that will drag on for years.
- 5. What a horrible thing to do.
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