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Meaning of horror story

hor'ror sto"ry

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a story, movie, etc., that entertains or fascinates by shocking or frightening, esp. by an emphasis on bloodshed or supernatural forces.
  2. a distressing experience: the horror stories of child abuse.
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