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horrendous

adjective     /həˈren.dəs/
extremely unpleasant or bad: a horrendous accident/tragedy/crime horrendous suffering/damage Conditions in the refugee camps were horrendous. The firm made horrendous (= very big) losses last year.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad horrendously     /-li/ adverb horrendously expensive clothesSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad horrendousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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