Definition of terrible
- terrible behavior
- a terrible movie
- a terrible smell
- in a terrible bind
- a terrible responsibility
Traffic was held up by a terrible accident.
I have a terrible cold.
The service at that restaurant is terrible.
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bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheap, cheapjack, cheesy, coarse, common, cut-rate, execrable, gimcrack, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, poor, rotten, rubbishy, schlock (or schlocky), second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, trashy, trumpery, wretched;
: very shocking and upsetting
: very bad or unpleasant
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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