Meaning of “horrible” in the English Dictionary

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"horrible" in British English

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uk /ˈhɒr.ə.bəl/ us /ˈhɔːr.ə.bəl/

A2 very unpleasant or bad:

He's got a horrible cold.
What's that horrible smell?
That was a horrible thing to say!

very shocking and frightening:

a horrible crime

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  • What earthly reason can she have for being so horrible to you?
  • The sight was so horrible that I had to turn away.
  • Why should anyone want to eat something so horrible?
  • She's got a horrible little dog that yaps around your ankles.
  • I refuse to live under the same roof as that horrible man.

(Definition of “horrible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"horrible" in American English

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us /ˈhɔr·ə·bəl, ˈhɑr-/

very bad, unpleasant, or disgusting:

There was a horrible smell outside the factory.

(Definition of “horrible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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