horrid

Definitions

  • One of them horrid telegraph things
    One of them horrid telegraph things
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj horrid exceedingly bad "when she was bad she was horrid"
    • adj horrid grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror "subjected to outrageous cruelty","a hideous pattern of injustice","horrific conditions in the mining industry"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Horrid Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence, very offensive. "Not in the legions
      Of horrid hell."
      "The horrid things they say."
    • Horrid Rough; rugged; bristling. "Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • horrid Rough; rugged; bristling.
    • horrid Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; shocking: as, a horrid spectacle.
    • horrid Very bad or offensive; abominable; execrable.
    • horrid [Horrid and horrible, originally distinct in meaning in their Latin forms, but sometimes used interchangeably by later writers, are now almost entirely synonymous in English; but horrid commonly has a milder or less positive force than horrible.]
    • horrid Synonyms Horrible, frightful, awful, appalling, harrowing, dire, revolting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Horrid hor′id fitted to produce horror: shocking: offensive
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Quotations

  • Henry James
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    “Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. horridus,. See Horror, and cf. Ordure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. horridushorrēre, to bristle.

Usage

In literature:

Oh, it's a horrid, horrid wedding day!
"Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts" by Mark Ambient
And my statesmen will probably be horrid old boors.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The Floyd-Taylors, with whom she had been at Boulogne, were simply horrid.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
It is a horrid sensation.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
I felt horridly uncomfortable.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
Ugh, how mean and horrid she looked!
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
Tribeless, lawless, homeless is he, who loves horrid civil war.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
He was more affected than any of us by the horrid sight which met his eyes.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is a horrid nuisance being so sick at sea.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
And such horrid eyes!
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
It seemed like the awaking from some horrid dream.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Many approached the spot, but kept at a safe distance from the edge of the horrid steep.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
The agony of her spirit, involved in endless and horrid labyrinths of doubt, is powerfully portrayed.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
It suggests some horrid drama, some terrible scene of cruel vengeance.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Something horrid as lives in this dreadful place.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
But, of course, he couldn't be so horrid as to suppose such a thing really, and I must have imagined the strange expression.
"Lady Betty Across the Water"
She retorted that once one was dead what horrid people thought of one did not matter.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
It is on account of that horrid Cecilia that I want them to go, because I suppose she will go with them.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
I detest this horrid lane!
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
The horrid thing that's happened to me.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
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In poetry:

Then shall the horrid pall
Be lifted, and a spirit nigh divine,
'Live in thy offspring as I live in mine,'
Will hear her call.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
I knew it was that fierce death-calm
Its horrid hold undoing,
And I saw the plagues of wind and storm
Their missioned work pursuing.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
I dream of liberty, 'tis true,
But then I dream of sorrow too,
Of blood and guilt and horrid woes,
Of tortured friends and happy foes;
"A Voice From The Dungeon" by Anne Bronte
Nor only through the wasted plain,
Stern Winter is thy force confess'd;
Still wider spreads thy horrid reign,
I feel thy power usurp my breast.
"The Winter's Walk" by Samuel Johnson
And yet when they their witchcrafts trye,
They only make me wish to dye:
But ere my faith in love they change,
In horrid darknesse will I range.
"57" by Mary Wroth
And you! who boast or grieve,
What horrid wars ye wage,
Of wounds received from many an eye,
Yet mean as I do, when I sigh,
"O sweet! O sweet Anne Page!"
"Slender's Ghost" by William Shenstone

In news:

Horrid girls misbehave in this comedy, and you can't look away.
There is so much that is horrid with regard to this story coming out of small-town East Texas: 18 men and teenage boys have been arrested in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, TX.
Mother, 81, left in horrid conditions.
Who thinks up horrid TLC shows.
Twins in decent shape for '13 except for the horrid rotation.
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon.
Utah Grizzlies' horrid March continues.
Economy Is Tough All Over, But in New York, It's Horrid .
Lil Kim Gets a Theme Song As Sacha Baron Cohen showed in his most recent film, despite their often horrid acts of human rights violations and other atrocities, most dictators are also hilarious.
Here's your chance to take that horrid, ridiculous and hopefully laughable past date and throw it on the grill where it will be sizzled and scorched with the smell of BACON.
FORDYCE – A horrid start in addition to a composed Fordyce squad was a bit too much for Smackover to overcome.
Sorry Dad, but it was horrid.
This past weekend a friend of mine experienced that downside in a most horrid way.
All he ever seems to do is knock his and get a horrid tingly feeling.
Councilmember Mary Cheh declares some of the designs "horrid".
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