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 and audio recordings. Read on to learn them all!


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Horrible in Italian


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 clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


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 must match the number (singular/plural) of the noun they describe.


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 changes to orribili when it comes to plural nouns of either gender.

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For example, you might 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…




For example, you could say…

I temporali sono spaventosi.
Thunderstorms are frightening.

Anche al giorno d’oggi, molte persone vivono in condizioni agghiaccianti.
Even today, many 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 more 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 only 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’re going to party hard.

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