Definition of terrible
1 : extremely bad: such asa : notably unattractive or objectionable terrible behaviorb : of very poor quality a terrible moviec : strongly repulsive : obnoxious a terrible smell
terriblyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of terrible in a Sentence
Traffic was held up by a terrible accident.
I have a terrible cold.
The service at that restaurant is terrible.
Recent Examples of terrible from the Web
Spotify Spotify ads are a special type of terrible, interrupting your jam sessions mid-song and taking you out of the moment.
The garage, which often has huge temperature swings, is a terrible place to store wine.
In 1935, a 13-year-old with a huge imagination and a crush on her servant's son (and older sister's lover) tells a terrible lie that changes the course of several lives and destroys a great love.
They are critically reviled, written off as overstuffed and incoherent mish-moshes of extravagant explosions, loud noises, product placements, scantily clad women and terrible dialogue.
But what a terrible price for the failure of so many American institutions—not least the voters!—to protect the country in 2016 from Russia’s attack on its election and its democracy.
Most Louisville creeks and streams have long been in terrible condition.
Without question, opioid addiction is a terrible illness.
What a terrible manager to leave that part out of the instructions.
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TERRIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terrible for English Language Learners
: very shocking and upsetting
: very bad or unpleasant
TERRIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of terrible for Students
1 : very great in degree a terrible fright a terrible mess
2 : very bad I got a terrible grade on the test.
3 : causing great fear a terrible monster
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