Cow implies bringing out an abject state of timorousness and often demoralization: a dog that was cowed by abuse.
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"Let us face this horrible night as best we can," said Austin.
The horrible stiffness was somewhat broken, and all were seated.
However, the Sorbonne had not an intimidating repute for austerity.
The fact of the gift is bad enough; without explanation it is horrible.
Pale and trembling, I pointed to the horrible staircase by which we had come.
Meaning "animal of vast size" is from 1520s; sense of "person of inhuman cruelty or wickedness" is from 1550s.
As an adjective, "of extraordinary size," from 1837.