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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]

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From Latin horrendus, future participle of horrere.


  • , /həˈrɛndəs/, /h@"rEnd@s/
    Rhymes with: -ɛndəs


  1. Extremely bad; awful; terrible.
    There was horrendous carnage at the scene of the plane crash.
    My journey to work this morning was horrendous!


extremely bad; awful; terrible


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