[syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Horrific \Hor*rif"ic\, a. [L. horrifieus; horrere to be horrible
+ -ficare (in comp.) to make: cf. F. horrifique. See
Causing horror; frightful.
Let . . . nothing ghastly or horrific be supposed. --I.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror;
"subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of
injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry"
[syn: hideous, horrid, horrific, outrageous]
2: causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful
risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that
London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster";
"polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a
dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions
shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: awful, dire,
direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful,
fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,