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  ( horrors    plural  )
1       n-uncount   Horror is a feeling of great shock, fear, and worry caused by something extremely unpleasant.   (=terror)  
As I watched in horror the boat began to power away from me.     
2       n-sing   If you have a horror of something, you are afraid of it or dislike it very much.  
N of n  
...his horror of death.     
3       n-sing   The horrorof something, especially something that hurts people, is its very great unpleasantness.  
oft N of n  
...the horror of this most bloody of civil wars.     
4       n-count   You can refer to extremely unpleasant or frightening experiences as horrors.  
usu pl  
Can you possibly imagine all the horrors we have undergone since I last wrote you?     
5       adj   A horror film or story is intended to be very frightening.  
ADJ n  
...a psychological horror film.     
6       adj   You can refer to an account of a very unpleasant experience or event as a horror story.  
ADJ n  
...a horror story about lost luggage while flying.     

Horror-stricken means the same as horror-struck.      adj  
If you describe someone as horror-struck or horror-stricken, you mean that they feel very great horror at something that has happened.      adj   (=appalled)  
`What is the matter with Signora Anna?' he whispered, horror-struck at her vacant face.     
shock horror  
1       adj   A shock horror story is presented in a way that is intended to cause great shock or anger.  
INFORMAL   ADJ n   (=sensational)  
The media is full of shock-horror headlines about under-age crime.     
2       exclam   You can say shock horror! in reaction to something that other people may find shocking or surprising, to indicate that you do not find it shocking or surprising at all.  
HUMOROUS, INFORMAL, feelings   I felt intellectually superior despite<endash>shock horror<endash>my lack of qualifications.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    alarm, apprehension, awe, consternation, dismay, dread, fear, fright, panic, terror  
2    abhorrence, abomination, antipathy, aversion, detestation, disgust, hatred, loathing, odium, repugnance, revulsion  
   affinity, approval, attraction, delight, liking, love  

horror-struck      , horror-stricken  
aghast, appalled, awe-struck, frightened to death, horrified, petrified, scared out of one's wits, shocked  

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