horrific horrific  /hɔ ˈrɪ fɪk/


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


  1. The key is that the 'heroes' actually retain their sentience, so they appreciate the horrific nature of their actions, they just can't calm their insatiable hunger for human flesh.
  2. Paul Bernardo is found guilty of a litany of horrific crimes.
  3. Rioters jumped onto the rig, pulled Denny from the cab of his truck and began to inflict a horrific beating, all recorded from above by a news chopper.


  1. Four-Year Anniversary of 2009 Metro Crash Approaches, WUSA9 Asks "Are We Safe?"

    The 4-year anniversary of the horrific 2009 Metro crash that killed 9 and hurt dozens more in Fort Totten is this June 22nd. WUSA9's Debra Alfarone spoke one-on-one with Metro's CEO and General Manager to find out if Metro riders are safer today.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: WUSA 9 Washington, D.C.

  2. Nigella Lawson Photos 'Horrific' but a 'Playful Tiff,' Husband Saatchi Says

    Nigella Lawson Photos 'Horrific' but a 'Playful Tiff,' Husband Saatchi Says
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ABC News via Yahoo! News

  3. Barring 'horrific' camp, Gabbert will start for Jags

    05:19 AM ET 06.16 | The Jacksonville Jaguars passed on the chance to take a quarterback high in the NFL Draft this year and seem content with starting Blaine Gabbert in 2013. Per a report in the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars will be naming Gabbert the starting quarterback this season "barring a horrific August."
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated


  1. ...energy company which is the world's third-largest energy company and the fourth-largest company in the world -- said, "As far as I'm concerned, BP is responsible for this horrific disaster, and we will hold them fully accountable on behalf...
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

  2. "This decision was pretty simple for me," White said. "Vuvuzelas make the most horrific sound I've ever heard. I'd rather let Brock punch me in the face than hear 15,000 people blow on those things."
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Dana White Source: Hamilton Spectator

  3. But "the ability of al-Qaida to conduct horrific, sensational attacks obviously has represented a setback and is an area in which we're focusing considerable attention," Petraeus said.
    on Apr 25, 2007 By: David Petraeus Source: Forbes

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