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horrornoun

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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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.
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