Contaminated vs Horrible - What's the difference?

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Contaminated is a related term of horrible.

As adjectives the difference between contaminated and horrible

is that contaminated is adulterated; impure while horrible is causing horror; terrible; shocking.

As a verb contaminated

is (contaminate).

As a noun horrible is

a thing that causes horror; a terrifying thing, particularly a prospective bad consequence asserted as likely to result from an act.




  • (contaminate)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • adulterated; impure
  • Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "contaminated" is often applied: food, meat, fish, milk, water, groundwater, land, soil, sediment, site, property, air, product, material.




    (en noun)
  • A thing that causes horror; a terrifying thing, particularly a prospective bad consequence asserted as likely to result from an act.
  • * 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby Dick
  • 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 !
  • * 1982 , United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, The Genocide Convention: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate
  • A lot of the possible horribles conjured up by the people objecting to this convention ignore the plain language of this treaty.
  • * 1991 , Alastair Scott, Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
  • The pot had previously simmered skate wings, cods' heads, whales, pigs' hearts and a long litany of other horribles .
  • * 2000 , John Dean, CNN interview, January 21, 2000:
  • I'm trying to convince him that the criminal behavior that's going on at the White House has to end. And I give him one horrible after the next. I just keep raising them. He sort of swats them away.
  • * 2001 , Neil K. Komesar, Law's Limits: The Rule of Law and the Supply and Demand of Rights
  • Many scholars have demonstrated these horribles and contemplated significant limitations on class actions.
  • A person wearing a comic or grotesque costume in a parade of horribles.
  • Adjective

  • Causing horror; terrible; shocking.
  • *
  • *:Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible , deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability:it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  • *, comment=The New Yorker, March 19
  • , passage=Strangers fainted dead away at the sight of the Laughing Man's horrible face. Acquaintances shunned him.}}
  • *, author=(Ray Bradbury)
  • , passage=Some of us have had plastic surgery on our faces and fingerprints. Right now we have a horrible job; we're waiting for the war to begin and, as quickly, end.}}
  • Tremendously wrong or errant.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1933, title=(My Life and Hard Times), author=(James Thurber)
  • , passage=Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.}}


    * See also