S2 [ˈhɔrıbəl US ˈho:-, ˈha:-] adj
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: Latin horribilis, from horrere; HORROR]
1.) very bad - used for example about things you see, taste, or smell, or about the weather
The weather has been really horrible all week.
a horrible smell
The food looked horrible, but it tasted OK.
2.) very unpleasant and often frightening, worrying, or upsetting
a horrible dream
I have a horrible feeling that we're going to miss the plane.
3.) rude and unfriendly
She's a horrible person.
What a horrible thing to say!
be horrible to sb
Why are you being so horrible to me?
>horribly adv
Her face was horribly scarred.
The whole plan had gone horribly wrong .
WORD FOCUS: horrible
taste or smell: nasty, not very nice, revolting, disgusting, foul, unpleasant, gross (informal)
experience, situation, or feeling: nasty, not very nice, terrible, unpleasant
person: nasty, not very nice, obnoxious, mean (AmE), unpleasant, objectionable

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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