adjective ter·rif·ic \tə-ˈri-fik\

: extremely good

: causing a feeling of surprise or wonder

Full Definition of TERRIFIC

a :  very bad :  frightful
b :  exciting or fit to excite fear or awe <a terrific thunderstorm>
:  extraordinary <terrific speed>
:  unusually fine :  magnificent <terrific weather>
ter·rif·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of TERRIFIC

  1. She's given me some terrific ideas.
  2. Your test scores were terrific.
  3. They did a terrific job painting the house.
  4. I had a terrific time.
  5. I've recovered completely. In fact, I feel terrific.
  6. We were hit by a terrific snowstorm last week.

Origin of TERRIFIC

Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten
First Known Use: 1667

Related to TERRIFIC

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, excellent, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
TERRIFIC Defined for Kids


adjective ter·rif·ic \tə-ˈri-fik\

Definition of TERRIFIC for Kids

:  excellent <That's a terrific idea.>
:  very unusual :  extraordinary <The car was going at terrific speed.>
:  causing terror :  terrible <The storm caused terrific damage.>


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