terrific

adjective ter·rif·ic \ tə-ˈri-fik \

Definition of terrific

1 :unusually fine :magnificent
  • terrific weather
2 :extraordinary
  • terrific speed
3 a :exciting or fit to excite fear or awe
  • a terrific thunderstorm
b :very bad :frightful

terrifically

play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of terrific in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of terrific

Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten

terrific Synonyms

Synonyms
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
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate

TERRIFIC Defined for English Language Learners

terrific

adjective

Definition of terrific for English Language Learners

  • : extremely good

  • : causing a feeling of surprise or wonder


TERRIFIC Defined for Kids

terrific

adjective ter·rif·ic \ tə-ˈri-fik \

Definition of terrific for Students

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


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