• (America, Canada) IPA: /ˈhɔɹɚ/
  • (New York, Philadelphia) IPA: /ˈhɑɹɚ/
  • (RP, New England) IPA: /ˈhɒɹə/


  1. (countable, uncountable) An intense distressing emotion of fear or repugnance.
  2. (countable, uncountable) Something horrible; that which excites horror.
    I saw many horrors during the war.
  3. (countable, uncountable) Intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.
  4. (uncountable) A genre of fiction designed to evoke a feeling of fear and suspense.
  5. (countable) An individual work in this genre.
    • 2006, Pierluigi on Cinema
      […] there were hastily produced B movies, such as the peplums, the spaghetti westerns, the detective stories, the horrors.
  6. (countable, colloquial) A nasty or ill-behaved person; a rascal or terror.
    The neighbour's kids are a pack of little horrors!
  7. (informal) An intense anxiety or a nervous depression; often the horrors.
  8. (plural, informal) Delirium tremens.
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