Horror meaning

hôrər, hŏr-
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An intense dislike or abhorrence.

Had a horror of being forced to play charades at the party.

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A cause of horror.
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The definition of a horror is something scary or the feeling of being scared.

An example of a horror is a terrifying haunted house.

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(informal) One that is unpleasant, ugly, or disagreeable.

That hat is a horror.

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(informal) Intense nervous depression or anxiety. Often used with the.
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(obs.) A shuddering.
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The strong feeling caused by something frightful or shocking; shuddering fear and disgust; terror and repugnance.
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Strong dislike or aversion; loathing.
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A genre of fiction, films, comic books, etc. characterized by the depiction of frightening events and, variously, ghosts, vampires, monsters, etc.
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(informal) Something very bad, ugly, disagreeable, etc.
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Of the horror genre.

A matinee of horror movies.

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An intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.
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A literary genre, generally of a gothic character.
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(informal) An intense anxiety or a nervous depression; this sense can also be spoken or written as the horrors.
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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.

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The quality of causing horror.
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Something that causes horror.
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the horrors
  • a fit of extreme nervousness, panic, depression, revulsion, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the horrors

Origin of horror

  • Middle English horrour from Old French horreur from Latin horror from horrēre to tremble

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary