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  1. (archaic) bristling, rough, rugged
His haughtie Helmet. all with gold,//Both glorious brightnesse and great terror bredd. - w:Edmund Spenser, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, I-vii-31
Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn. - w:John Dryden, John Dryden
Ye grots and caverns shagg's with thorn! - w:Alexander Pope, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard, I-20
  1. causing horror or dread
Give colour to my pale cheek with thy blood,that we the horrider may seem to thoseWhich chance to find us. - Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV-ii
I myself will beThe priest, and boldly do those ritesYou shake to think on. - w:John Fletcher (playwright), John Fletcher, Sea Voyage, V-iv
Not in the legions Of hell. - Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV-iii
What say you then to fair Sir Percivale,//And of the foulness that he wrought? - w:Alfred Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Merlin and Vivien
  1. offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable
1668 My Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a shame. - w:Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys, Diary, October 23
About the middle of November we began to work on our Ship's bottom, which we found very much eaten with the Worm: For this is a place for Worms. - w:William Dampier, William Dampier, Voyages, I-362
Already I your tears survey,//Already hear the things they say. - w:Alexander Pope, Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, IV-108
Etymology: Latin horridus rough, bristly, savage, shaggy, rude; from horrere to bristle. See horrent, horror, ordure


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