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Creepiest Vocabulary Words Ever and Take a Squiz at Our Quiz

Updated on September 10, 2018

We selected these words for their horror factor, that is words with meanings that best encompass the most shared human fears: rape, murder, kidnapping, Sadism, infanticide.

We struggled to leave this list at 10 words. Composing the list made us curious about our reader’s opinions. Please take our poll below and tell us which word has the worst meaning. Then, please think of your favorite horrible word and type it in the comments section. Please do not choose a synonym for a word already listed. We hope to discover the worst word in English in 2017 with our Beloved readers’ help.

Is Sin the Decider?

Does having sin involved in the word make it worse?
Does having sin involved in the word make it worse? | Source

Lucky Number Eleven: One Alternate Word, Please

We have one alternate word, Thanatos (thăn′ə-tōs′) a noun meaning Death as a personification or as a philosophical notion. We excluded Death because we thought genocide was worse.

Make a List

List 10 of your own most horrible words based on the words' meaning. Then make a list of the 10 most horrible words based only on how the words sound.

The Evil 10

  1. Pedophilia: noun (pĕd′ə-fĭl′ē-ə, pē′də-) is the deriving of sexual gratification from sexual fantasies or acts involving a child.
  2. Rape: noun (rāp) is the crime of using force or the threat of force to compel a person to submit to sexual intercourse.
  3. Slavery: noun (slā′və-rē) is the condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude.
  4. War: noun (wôr) is a state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.
  5. Schadenfreude: noun (SHAH-dun-froy-duh) is enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.
  6. Abattoir: noun (ăb′ə-twär′) is a slaughterhouse.
  7. Genocide: noun (jĕn′ə-sīd′) is the systematic and widespread extermination or attempted extermination of a national, racial, religious, or ethnic group.
  8. Suicide: noun(so͞o′ĭ-sīd′) is the act or an instance of intentionally killing oneself.
  9. Munchausen syndrome: noun is a a mental disorder in which an individual derives emotional satisfaction from inflicting injury on others and then subjecting them to medical treatment or a psychiatric disorder in which a parent or other caregiver seeks attention from medical professionals by causing or fabricating signs or symptoms of illness in a child.
  10. Pestilence: noun (pĕs′tə-ləns) is a usually fatal epidemic disease, especially Bubonic plague.

Horrible Quiz

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Is genocide the worst word?
Is genocide the worst word? | Source

More Crafty Practice for Halloween

Make another list of horror words, but this time, if you are feeling brave, you might even base the list on your own most feared things. Then, get crafty and devise Halloween decorations based on your list of the scariest words you can think of.

We draw the line at real bones in our Halloween displays, but you don't have to!
We draw the line at real bones in our Halloween displays, but you don't have to! | Source

We chose words that involved directly harming someone because we think that is a good criterion for evil. Other words, like suicide, made the list because they are so unbearably sad. Pestilence made the list because while it doesn't have malice or foresight, it is still horrific.

If you have other ideas about it, feel free to contribute your own criteria in the comments section. We are interested in learning if others agree with our criteria: hurting others, sadness, and disease-related words. We will use any information we gather to produce another Worst Words list next year.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy scares us the most.
Munchausen syndrome by proxy scares us the most. | Source

Rate the Evil, Please

Select the Very Worst Word of 2017

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As always Beloved Readers and Students, we have enjoyed writing this for you. Drop in and see us anytime. We'll leave the site on for ya!

Works Cited 15 September 2017. Web site. 15 September 2017.

Harris, Muriel. Prentice Hall Reference Guide. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2017. Print. 15 September 2017. Website. 15 September 2017. 6 september 2017. Website. 6 september 2017.

Your Best Worst Word, Please

Submit a Comment

  • Dunbar Green profile imageAUTHOR

    Richard Green 

    13 months ago from New Mexico

    How about a moist snow flake with pedophile tendencies? I know the list is shaky, but I honestly didn't think I would find such an ample supply of horror to choose from until I was well underway! We have a plethora of words with evil meanings in English. I will establish stricter categories next time. I let the words overwhelm me, I think.

  • FlourishAnyway profile image


    14 months ago from USA

    Oh, you probably have the moderators working overtime with this one! Moist is a pretty gross word.

  • bethperry profile image

    Beth Perry 

    14 months ago from Tennesee

    Snow Flake, now this is a term that has come to scare me. If it's one word, it would be "anarchy". Insightful article, btw!

  • annart profile image

    Ann Carr 

    14 months ago from SW England

    I don't necessarily find some of these words 'creepy'; horrible, horrific, incomprehensible, yes, but not creepy. I do find pedophiles creepy though, hence my vote.


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