horrid
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhɒɹɪd/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhɔɹɪd/
Adjective

horrid (comparative horrider, superlative horridest)

  1. (archaic) Bristling, rough, rugged.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, I-vii-31, 2007, A. C. Hamilton (editor), Spenser: The Faerie Qveene, Revised 2nd Edition, page 98 ↗,
      His haughtie Helmet, horrid all with gold, // Both glorious brightnesse and great terror bredd.
    • 1637, John Milton, Comus (A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634), 1852, Henry John Todd (editor), The Poetical Works of John Milton, Volume 4, 5th Edition, [https://books.google.com.au/books?id=NjY-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA113&dq=%22By+grots+and+caverns+shagg%27d%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjS4o2Yh8TJAhUDopQKHYUcCDwQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=%22By%20grots%20and%20caverns%20shagg'd%22&f=false page 113],
      Yea there, where very Desolation dwells, / By grots and caverns shagg'd with horrid shades, / She may pass on with unblench'd majesty, / Be it not done in pride, or in presumption.
    • 1697, John Dryden, The Works of Virgil: Aeneis, Book IX, 1779, The Works of the English Poets, Volume 18: Dryden's Virgil: Volume II, [https://books.google.com.au/books?id=l0yG_bbpb0cC&pg=PA248&dq=%22Horrid+with+fern,+and+intricate+with+thorn%22&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Horrid%20with%20fern%2C%20and%20intricate%20with%20thorn%22&f=false page 248],
      Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn, / Few paths of human feet, or tracks of beasts, were worn.
  2. Causing horror or dread.
    • 1606 William Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV-iii, 1843, The Works of Shakespere, Volume 2: Tragedies, unnumbered page ↗,
      Not in the legions / Of horrid hell, can come a devil more damned / In evils, to top Macbeth.
    • 1611 William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV-ii, 1821, The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare, Volume V, page 369 ↗,
      Give colour to my pale cheek with thy blood, / that we the horrider may seem to those / Which chance to find us;
    • 1622, , Philip Massinger, The Sea Voyage, V-iv, 1866, The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher, Volume 2, [https://books.google.com.au/books?id=yloJAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA327&dq=%22The+priest,+and+boldly+do+those%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj__7TyjMTJAhWh2qYKHey_CT8Q6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=%22The%20priest%2C%20and%20boldly%20do%20those%22&f=false page 327],
      Set out the altar! I myself will be / The priest, and boldly do those horrid rites / You shake to think on.
    • 1885 Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King: Merlin and Vivien, 1870, The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate, page 166 ↗,
      What say ye then to fair Sir Percivale, / And of the horrid foulness that he wrought,
  3. Offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable.
    horrid weather
    The other girls in class are always horrid to Jane.
    • 1668 October 23, Samuel Pepys, Diary, 1858, Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, F.R.S., Volume 4, 6th Edition, page 39 ↗,
      My Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a horrid shame.
    • 1714, Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, Canto IV, 1836, The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Esq., page 68 ↗,
      Methinks already I your tears survey, / Already hear the horrid things they say,
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