- adj, na.(something) shocking or horrifyingb.(something) sensational, impressive or excellentLike bad, creepshow, hellacious and other similar teenage terms of the 1980s, horror-show has undergone the process (techni-cally known as 'amelioration') whereby a pejorative or negative term acquires a pos-itive meaning. This word, inspired by hor-ror films and comics, has the dual implication of awful and thrilling, the in-tended meaning apparent only in the tone of voice or context.
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