Etymology
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horrendous (adj.)

1650s, from Latin horrendus "dreadful, fearful, terrible," literally "to be shuddered at," gerundive of horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Earlier form in English was horrend (mid-15c.).

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Definitions of horrendous

horrendous (adj.)
causing fear or dread or terror;
horrendous explosions shook the city
Synonyms: awful / dire / direful / dread / dreaded / dreadful / fearful / fearsome / frightening / horrific / terrible
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