Something horrific causes horror. It’s disastrous and makes you shudder with fear. Yikes!

If something horrific, like a deadly car crash, makes your hair stand up, you’re onto something. Horrific comes from the Latin word horrificus — which, if you trace it back, literally means “making the hair stand on end.” Anything horrific fills you with horror and makes you bristle. If you lose your hat, that’s a bummer. A serial killer’s rampage? That's horrific. Save horrific for things that are so scary your hair stands up, or feels like it is.

Definitions of horrific
  1. adjective
    grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
    horrific conditions in the mining industry”
    synonyms: hideous, horrid, outrageous
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
  2. adjective
    causing fear or dread or terror
    synonyms: awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, terrible
    frightening because of an awareness of danger
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