horrendous adj : causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrific, terrible]
EtymologyFrom Latin horrendus, future participle of horrere.
- , /həˈrɛndəs/, /h@"rEnd@s/
- Rhymes with: -ɛndəs
appalling, astounding, atrocious, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, baneful, beastly, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fell, formidable, ghastly, ghoulish, grim, grisly, gruesome, hideous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, macabre, morbid, redoubtable, rotten, schrecklich, shocking, terrible, terrific, tragic, tremendous, unspeakable