- Horror means scary.
An example of horror used as an adjective is in the phrase "horror movie," which means a movie that is made to scare people.
- The definition of a horror is something scary or the feeling of being scared.
An example of a horror is a terrifying haunted house.
- Obsolete a shuddering
- the strong feeling caused by something frightful or shocking; shuddering fear and disgust; terror and repugnance
- strong dislike or aversion; loathing
- the quality of causing horror
- something that causes horror
- Informal something very bad, ugly, disagreeable, etc.
Origin of horrorMiddle English horrour ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin horror ; from horrere, to bristle: see horrid
- a. An intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear.b. A state or condition marked by this feeling: stood in horror looking at the scene. See Synonyms at fear.
- An intense dislike or abhorrence: had a horror of being forced to play charades at the party.
- A cause of horror: “The creature that had seemed a horror in its box was, up close, a figure of sorrow” (Paul Theroux).
- a. A genre of fiction or other artistic work evoking suspense and horror, especially through the depiction of gruesome or supernatural elements.b. A work of this genre.
- Informal One that is unpleasant, ugly, or disagreeable: That hat is a horror.
- horrors Informal Intense nervous depression or anxiety. Often used with the.
Origin of horrorMiddle English horrour, from Old French horreur, from Latin horror, from horrēre, to tremble.
From Old French horror, from Latin horror (“a bristling, a shaking, trembling as with cold or fear, terror”), from horrere (“to bristle, shake, be terrified”).