- 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.