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 (hôr′ĭd, hŏr′-)
1. Causing horror; dreadful.
2. Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
3. Archaic Bristling; rough.

[Alteration (influenced by Latin horridus, bristling) of Middle English horred, past participle of horren, to bristle, from Latin horrēre, to tremble, bristle.]

hor′rid·ly adv.
hor′rid·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horridness - a quality of extreme unpleasantnesshorridness - a quality of extreme unpleasantness
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
frightfulness - the quality of being frightful
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In a world where personal and political grudges form the basis of central conflicts amongst leaders, Mandela took the road less travelled by and practiced forgiveness, by deciding to forgo the horridness of the past that would have compromised the social progression of South Africa.
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Many asked why Sadeq Larijani was being treated as if he had committed an offense of equal horridness to what Ahmadi-nejad did.
Despite the horridness of what is going on, I said that the end of the regime is not imminent because foreign military intervention is not currently on the table.