Alex
Are there synonyms? - horrible, terrible, awful
Jul 27, 2014 7:23 PM
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If you mean 'Are THEY synonyms?' then yes - almost. Awful means very bad. Terrible means extremely bad. Horrible means extremely unpleasant.
July 27, 2014
Yes, they are synonyms. You can use them interchangeably. Strictly, "horrible" means "inspiring horror," "terrible" means "inspiring terror," and "awful" means "inspiring awe." "Awe" is not NECESSARILY negative. In OLD poetry and writing you may see things like "the awful majesty of Niagara Falls." There is a classic kids' book by Judith Viorst entitled "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
July 27, 2014
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