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English definition of “horrible”


adjective     /ˈhɒr.ɪ.bl̩/ US  /ˈhɔːr-/
A2 very unpleasant or bad : He's got a horrible cold . What's that horrible smell ? That was a horrible thing to say!Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad very shocking and frightening : a horrible crime Describing things that cause fear
(Definition of horrible adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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