AskDefine | Define horrific

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horrific adj
1 grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror; "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry" [syn: hideous, horrid, outrageous]
2 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, horrendous, terrible]

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Etymology

horrificus; horrere to be horrible + -ficare (in comp.) to make: confer horrifique. See horror, -fy.

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Adjective

horrific
  1. horrifying, causing horror; horrible.

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