If something is horrible, it’s really, really bad. Other similar words are awful and terrible.
- The cake we ate at the party was horrible.
- It tasted horrible.
- The workers did a horrible job of fixing the road.
- Bob’s hair looks horrible. Who cut it?
- The police made a horrible mistake and arrested the wrong person.
- Vanessa has a horrible boss.
- That sounds horrible.
- Ebola is a horrible-sounding disease. (The symptoms of the disease and the word itself sound terrible.)
Vanessa has a horrible boss.
When responding to news of a tragedy involving death or some other bad situation, the word "horrible" is often used:
- I just heard some horrible news.
- I feel horrible about what happened.
- I’m so sorry to hear about what happened. This is just horrible.
The word "horribly" is an adverb:
- Something has gone horribly wrong.
- You are horribly mistaken if you think he’s a good choice. (horribly mistaken = wrong)
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Published on October 8, 2018