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I suppose the cup of horrors was not full enough for such as me.

I had undoubtedly brought on myself a fit of the "horrors," by my recent excesses.

Will you be a willing party to bringing these horrors again upon us?

It's the wail of a lost spirit, loosed temporarily from the horrors of purgatory.

That settled, she had nothing to do but to recount her horrors over again.

"But, my dear Baron, everybody goes to the Chamber of Horrors," said he.

Forgive me this earnestness, but the horrors of a jail have made me half distracted.

I have had no one to confide in; no one to advise me; no one to save me from the horrors of my existence.

It's enough to give one the horrors—the very sight of it is enough.

The shepherdess had listened to all the horrors of the scene with a gloomy kind of satisfaction.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French horror (12c., Modern French horreur) and directly from Latin horror "dread, veneration, religious awe," a figurative use, literally "a shaking, trembling, shudder, chill," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder," from PIE root *ghers- "to bristle" (cf. Sanskrit harsate "bristles," Avestan zarshayamna- "ruffling one's feathers," Latin eris (genitive) "hedgehog," Welsh garw "rough"). As a genre in film, 1934. Chamber of horrors originally (1849) was a gallery of notorious criminals in Madame Tussaud's wax exhibition.

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