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 Dictionary entry overview: What does horrific mean? 

HORRIFIC (adjective)
  The adjective HORRIFIC has 2 senses:

1. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
2. causing fear or dread or terror

  Familiarity information: HORRIFIC used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

HORRIFIC (adjective)

Sense 1horrific [BACK TO TOP]


Grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror


hideous; horrific; outrageous; horrid

Context examples:

subjected to outrageous cruelty / a hideous pattern of injustice / horrific conditions in the mining industry


offensive (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses)

Sense 2horrific [BACK TO TOP]


Causing fear or dread or terror


frightening; fearsome; fearful; dreadful; dreaded; dread; direful; terrible; horrendous; horrific; awful; dire

Context examples:

the awful war / an awful risk / dire news / a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked / the dread presence of the headmaster / polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was / a dreadful storm / a fearful howling / horrendous explosions shook the city / a terrible curse


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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