Horror Definition

hôrər, hŏr-
horrors
noun
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A shuddering.
Webster's New World
The strong feeling caused by something frightful or shocking; shuddering fear and disgust; terror and repugnance.
Webster's New World
A state or condition marked by this feeling.
Stood in horror looking at the scene.
American Heritage
Strong dislike or aversion; loathing.
Webster's New World
The quality of causing horror.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Of the horror genre.
A matinee of horror movies.
Webster's New World
idiom
the horrors
  • a fit of extreme nervousness, panic, depression, revulsion, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Horror

Noun

Singular:
horror
Plural:
horrors

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Horror

  • the horrors

Origin of Horror

  • 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

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

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

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