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Noun

horribles

  1. Plural form of horrible.
    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson, A Woman Tenderfoot (2005) p. 125:
    If it does not appeal to you as one of the horribles in life, try it once.
    Owen West, Four Days to Veracruz: A Novel (2003) p. 240:
    For all the horribles that his legs and feet endured, they weren't the root cause of his suffering.
    Christopher Chambers, A Prayer for Deliverance: An Angela Bivens Thriller (2003) p. 772:
    There're tangible horribles out there, honey.
    Neil K. Komesar, Law's Limits: The Rule of Law and the Supply and Demand of Rights (2001) p. 51:
    Many scholars have demonstrated these horribles and contemplated significant limitations on class actions.
    Alastair Scott, Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey (1991) p. 1:
    The pot had previously simmered skate wings, cods' heads, whales, pigs' hearts and a long litany of other horribles.
    United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, The Genocide Convention: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate (1982) p. 70:
    A lot of the possible horribles conjured up by the people objecting to this convention ignore the plain language of this treaty.
    Otis L. Graham, Jr., Toward a Planned Society: from Roosevelt to Nixon (1976) p. 62:
    Congressmen talked of tyranny, and other imaginary horribles, and one vigilant member opposed the six administrative assistants on the ground that they would be "theoretical intellectualprofessorial nincompoops."
    Ernest Way Elkington, Adrift in New Zealand (1906) p. 241:
    I always like to get over the horribles first, so that the good things of life may leave the last impression.
    Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851):
    Here's a carcase. I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing. Such a waggish leering as lurks in all your horribles!

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Adjective

horribles pl.

  1. Plural form of horrible.

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