horrendous 1650s, from L. horrendus "dreadful, fearful, terrible," lit. "to be shuddered at," gerundive of horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see HORROR (Cf. horror)). Earlier form in English was horrend (mid-15c.).

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