adjective /ˈhɒɹɪd/

His haughtie Helmet. horrid all with gold,//Both glorious brightnesse and great terror bredd. - , The Faerie Queen, I-vii-31

b) causing horror or dread

Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn. -

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  • Horrid — Hor rid, a. [L. horridus. See {Horror}, and cf. {Ordure}.] 1. Rough; rugged; bristling. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horrid — (adj.) early 15c., hairy, shaggy, bristling, from L. horridus bristly, prickly, rough, horrid, frightful, from horrere to bristle with fear, shudder (see HORROR (Cf. horror)). Meaning horrible, causing horror is from c.1600. Sense weakened 17c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • horrid — may be seen as the least emphatic in a series of adjectives meaning ‘disagreeable’ which proceed with increasing severity to horrible and horrifying. Horrendous and horrific, once stronger still than any of these, have lost much of their power… …   Modern English usage

  • Horrīd — (lat.), starrend, rauh, struppig, ungeschlacht; Horridität, Rauheit, Struppigkeit etc …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Horrid — Horrīd (lat.), starrend, rauh, schauerlich; Horridität, Rauheit, Schauerlichkeit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • horrid — index deplorable, dire, disastrous, disreputable, heinous, lamentable, loathsome, objectionable, obnoxious …   Law dictionary

  • horrid — *horrible, horrific, horrendous Analogous words: distasteful, repellent, *repugnant, obnoxious: loathsome, *offensive, revolting, repulsive Antonyms: delightful Contrasted words: attractive, alluring, fascinating, charming (see under ATTRACT):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • horrid — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing horror. 2) informal very unpleasant. DERIVATIVES horridly adverb horridness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • horrid — [hôr′id, här′id] adj. [L horridus < horrere, to bristle, shake, be afraid < IE base * ĝhers , to bristle > GORSE] 1. Archaic bristling; shaggy; rough 2. causing a feeling of horror; terrible; revolting 3. very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc …   English World dictionary

  • horrid — adj. 1) horrid to 2) horrid to + inf. (it s horrid of you to tease them like that) * * * [ hɒrɪd] horrid to horrid to + inf. (it s horrid of you to tease them like that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • horrid — [[t]hɒ̱rɪd, AM hɔ͟ːr [/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as horrid, you mean that it is very unpleasant indeed. [INFORMAL] What a horrid smell!... The winter was horrid. Syn: horrible 2) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ to n If you describe someone… …   English dictionary

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