Pronunciation: (hôr'ur, hor'-),[key] —n. 1. an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear: to shrink back from a mutilated corpse in horror. 2. anything that causes such a feeling: killing, looting, and other horrors of war. 3. such a feeling as a quality or condition: to have known the horror of slow starvation. 4. a strong aversion; abhorrence: to have a horror of emotional outbursts. 5. Informal.something considered bad or tasteless: That wallpaper is a horror. The party was a horror. 6. horrors,Informal. a. See delirium tremens. b. extreme depression.
—adj. 1. inspiring or creating horror, loathing, aversion, etc.: The hostages told horror stories of their year in captivity. 2. centered upon or depicting terrifying or macabre events: a horror movie.
—interj. horrors,(used as a mild expression of dismay, surprise, disappointment, etc.)