What does horror mean?

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  1. (countable, uncountable) An intense painful emotion of fear or repugnance.
  2. (countable) An intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.
  3. (uncountable) A genre of fiction, meant to evoke a feeling of fear and suspense.
  4. (informal) An intense anxiety or a nervous depression; this sense can also be spoken or written as the horrors.
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Its excommunication banished the unfaithful and unbelieving to the horror of outer darkness forever.
Imagine her look of horror upon entering the flat as she spins, gazing in horror at shelf after shelf of tiny toy cars.
Slowly, Betty mounted the stairs, feeling as if she were in some sort of horror movie.
A woman and her unborn baby were killed in a horror car smash as she drove to hospital to give birth.
Showering and dressing, still in a dream, we looked with horror out of the window and saw a thick blanket of fog hiding the street.
I was interviewed for this programme, but I listened to it with mounting horror and a sick feeling in my stomach.

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