I swear I've seen a word like this before, meaning something terrible or terribly bad, used in a sentence like "...resulted in such [plural form] as (bad thing 1) and (bad thing 2)"

I can't remember what the word is, the most reasonable spelling or the cloest I can think of is "horridity/horridities", which isn't even a real word lol. I feel like the root of the word is horror/terror or something similar, but I'm not sure

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    Horror isn't just an emotion; it's also something which is horrible. You could fit horrors into your sentence.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 9:55

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Atrocity [uh-tros-i-tee] /noun

  1. the quality or state of being atrocious.

  2. an atrocious act, thing, or circumstance.

Plural: atrocities

Source: Dictionary.com


You could use the word atrocity to imply something terribly bad.

Example: "The war/conflict resulted in such atrocities (plural noun) as massacres (bad action 1) and enslavement (bad action 2).

The bad action words in the example can be substituted with other words indicating any form of atrocity.

OED example: ‘Some of them also said they had been forced to witness or commit atrocities, including rape and murder.’

Source: OED

  • That is not the OED!!!
    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 1:41

Maybe you're looking for Horrendous?

Merriam-Webster link

  • Please quote the relevant definition here.
    – NVZ
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 10:07

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