Pronunciation: (hôr'ur, hor'-), [key]
1. an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear: to shrink back from a mutilated corpse in horror.
2. anything that causes such a feeling: killing, looting, and other horrors of war.
3. such a feeling as a quality or condition: to have known the horror of slow starvation.
4. a strong aversion; abhorrence: to have a horror of emotional outbursts.
5. Informal.something considered bad or tasteless: That wallpaper is a horror. The party was a horror.
6. horrors, Informal.
a. See delirium tremens.
b. extreme depression.
1. inspiring or creating horror, loathing, aversion, etc.: The hostages told horror stories of their year in captivity.
2. centered upon or depicting terrifying or macabre events: a horror movie.
horrors,(used as a mild expression of dismay, surprise, disappointment, etc.)
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