How do you say HORRIBLE in Italian?

How exactly do you say horrible in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about things being horrible in Italian along with many example sentences with audio recordings. Read on to learn them all!

Orribile
Horrible

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Horrible in Italian

Orribile

Orribile is how you translate horrible into Italian. Let’s hear how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to or-ree-be-leh and it comes from the Latin word horribĭlis, “horrible”. Make sure the final -e has a pure sound, as Italian vowel sounds are clean!

Orribile
Horrible

woman fearful of prying eyes around her

Orribile has only two forms because adjectives ending in -e in Italian remain unchanged for both genders, but have to agree with the number (singular/plural) of the noun they describe.

SingularPlural
MasculineOrribileOrribili
FeminineOrribileOrribili

If a nightmare is horrible, you will say orribile because nightmare, incubo, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say orribile if you’re talking about some kind of death, morte, which is a feminine noun.

But orribile will change into orribili when it comes to plural nouns of both genders.

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For example, you could say…

Ultimamente sto facendo degli incubi orribili.
I’ve been having horrible nightmares lately.

Questa zuppa ha un odore orribile. Pensi che sia andata a male?
This soup smells horrible. Do you think it’s gone off?

Il caffè freddo è orribile!
Cold coffee is horrible!

Il tempo ieri era orribile.
The weather yesterday was horrible.

boy sweating and having a nightmare

Other translations for horrible in Italian

There are a number of synonyms you can use instead of horrible. The most common are…

Terribile
Terrible

Spaventoso
Scary

Agghiacciante
Appalling

For example, you could say…

I temporali sono spaventosi.
Thunderstorms are scary.

Anche al giorno d’oggi, molte persone vivono in condizioni agghiaccianti.
Even nowadays, a lot of people live in appalling conditions.

Ho un terribile mal di testa da stamattina.
I have had a terrible headache since this morning.

woman suffering with a horrible headache

Some other examples with horrible in Italian

Let’s listen to some other example sentences featuring the word for horrible in Italian.

Quello che hai fatto è davvero orribile!
What you have done was really horrible!

Vorrei solo che potessimo lasciare questo posto orribile.
I just wish we could leave this horrible place.

Questo farmaco ha un sapore orribile.
This medicine tastes horrible.

Il mio primo tentativo di cheesecake aveva un sapore orribile.
My first attempt at a cheesecake tasted horrible.

Una volta superato questo orribile periodo di esami, faremo festa.
Once I get through this horrible exam period, we’ll party hard.

And that’s it, now you know how to say horrible in Italian!


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