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Meaning of “horror” in the English Dictionary

"horror" in British English

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horrornoun

uk   /ˈhɒr.ər/  us   /ˈhɔːr.ɚ/
B2 [U] an ​extremelystrongfeeling of ​fear and ​shock, or the ​frightening and ​shockingcharacter of something: The ​crowdcried out in horror as the ​carburst into ​flames. The ​thought of ​speaking in ​front of so many ​people fills me with horror. I then ​realized to myabsolute horror, that I had ​forgotten the ​present. What the ​book does ​convey very ​successfully is the horror ofwar.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 ​modernworld. [C] informal a ​child who ​behaves very ​badly: Her ​youngestboy is a little horror.

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

"horror" in American English

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horrornoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈhɔr·ər, ˈhɑr·ər/
a ​strongfeeling 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 ​buildingburn.
(Definition of horror from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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