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horrible, horror, horrid - Horrible, horror, and horrid are from Latin horrere, "stand on end" (hair) or "tremble, shudder," and the original sense of horrid was "bristly, shaggy, rough." More...
horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid - In decreasing degree of horror: horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid. More...
pant - The shock that makes you "gasp" is behind the word pant, from Latin phantasiare, "gasp in horror." More...
terror, horror - Terror is stronger than horror, though it usually lasts for a shorter time. More...