Meaning of “horror” in the English Dictionary


"horror" in English

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uk /ˈhɒr.ər/ us /ˈhɔːr.ɚ/

B2 [ U ] an extremely strong feeling of fear and shock, or the frightening and shocking character of something:

The crowd cried out in horror as the car burst into flames.
The thought of speaking in front of so many people fills me with horror.
I then realized to my absolute horror, that I had forgotten the present.
What the book does convey very successfully is the horror of war.
horrors [ plural ]

things that are very shocking or frightening:

The population now faces the horrors of starvation.
Nuclear war is one of the horrors that face the modern world.

[ C ] informal a child who behaves very badly:

Her youngest boy is a little horror.

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

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horrornoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈhɔr·ər, ˈhɑr·ər/

a strong feeling of fear, shock, or disgust, or an event that produces such a feeling:

[ C ] the horrors of war
[ U ] People cried out in horror as they watched the building burn.

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