Definition of horrific adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//həˈrɪfɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈrɪfɪk//
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  1. 1extremely bad and shocking or frightening synonym horrifying a horrific murder/accident/attack, etc. Her injuries were horrific. She’s been through a horrific ordeal.
  2. 2(informal) very bad or unpleasant synonym horrendous We had a horrific trip. Some speakers do not pronounce the ‘h’ at the beginning of horrific and use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ before it. This now sounds old-fashioned.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin horrificus, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’.Extra examples Some of the scenes we witnessed were quite horrific. She’s been through a horrific ordeal. There’s been a horrific murder.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: horrific