terrible

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adjective ter·ri·ble \ˈter-ə-bəl, ˈte-rə-\

Definition of terrible

  1. 1a :  exciting extreme alarm or intense fear :  terrifyingb :  formidable in nature :  awesome <a terrible responsibility>c :  difficult <in a terrible bind>

  2. 2 :  extreme, great <a terrible disappointment>

  3. 3 :  extremely bad: such asa :  strongly repulsive :  obnoxious <a terrible smell>b :  notably unattractive or objectionable <terrible behavior>c :  of very poor quality <a terrible movie>

terribleness

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terribly

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Examples of terrible in a sentence

  1. Traffic was held up by a terrible accident.

  2. I have a terrible cold.

  3. The service at that restaurant is terrible.

Origin and Etymology of terrible

Middle English, from Medieval French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre to frighten — more at terror


First Known Use: 15th century


TERRIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

terrible

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adjective ter·ri·ble \ˈter-ə-bəl, ˈte-rə-\

Definition of terrible for English Language Learners

  • : very shocking and upsetting

  • : very bad or unpleasant


TERRIBLE Defined for Kids

terrible

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adjective ter·ri·ble \ˈter-ə-bəl\

Definition of terrible for Students

  1. 1 :  very great in degree <a terrible fright> <a terrible mess>

  2. 2 :  very bad <I got a terrible grade on the test.>

  3. 3 :  causing great fear <a terrible monster>

terribly

\-blē\ adverb


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