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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (fear)
a. horror
Mi mamá tiene horror a los ratones.My mother has a horror of mice.
b. dread
Tiene un horror tremendo a las cucarachas.She has a terrible dread of cockroaches.
2. (atrocious)
a. ghastly
¡Qué horror de diseño!What a ghastly design!
b. awful
Ese restaurante es un horror. Está sucio, la comida sabe mal y, para rematar, es caro.That is an awful restaurant. It's dirty, the food tastes bad, and to top it all, it's expensive.
c. dreadful
Es un horror de hombre. Me hierve la sangre nada más verlo.What a dreadful man! Just seeing him makes my blood boil.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(a lot)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Había un horror de peces varados en la playa.There was a tremendous amount of fish stranded on the beach.
Había un horror de pizza en la fiesta.There was an awful lot of pizza at the party.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (barbarity)
a. atrocities
No hay país que no haya cometido horrores.There aren't any countries that haven't committed atrocities.
b. horrors
Los horrores de la guerra lo dejaron en un estado de choque por diez años después del conflicto.The horrors of the war left him in a state of shock for ten years after the conflict ended.
c. terrible things
El entrenador fue sorprendido hablando horrores de su equipo.The coach was caught saying terrible things about his team.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (miedo)
a. terror, horror
me da horror pensarlojust thinking about it gives me the shivers
¡qué horror!how awful!
¡qué horror de día!what an awful day!
2. (atrocidad)
a. atrocity
los horrores de la guerrathe horrors of war
3. (colloquial)
un horroran awful lot
me gusta un horrorI absolutely love it
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (colloquial)
horroresterribly, an awful lot
me gusta horroresI absolutely love it
1 (miedo) horror;a of; dread;a of
¡qué horror! how awful o dreadful!; how ghastly! (familiar); tener horror a algo to have a horror of sth; la fiesta fue un horror the party was ghastly (familiar); the party was dreadful; se dicen horrores de la cocina inglesa awful things are said about English cooking; tener algo en horror to detest sth; loathe sth
2 (acto) atrocity; terrible thing
los horrores de la guerra the horrors of war
3 (mucho)
me gusta horrores o un horror I love it; hoy he trabajado un horror today I worked awfully hard; me duele horrores it's really painful; it hurts like mad o like hell (familiar); se divirtieron horrores they had a tremendous o fantastic time (familiar); ella sabe horrores she knows a hell of a lot (familiar)
había horrores de gente
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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