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adjective ter·rif·ic \tə-ˈri-fik\

Definition of terrific

  1. 1 :  unusually fine :  magnificent terrific weather

  2. 2 :  extraordinary terrific speed

  3. 3a :  exciting or fit to excite fear or awe a terrific thunderstormb :  very bad :  frightful

terrifically

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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 Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of terrific for English Language Learners

  • : extremely good

  • : causing a feeling of surprise or wonder


TERRIFIC Defined for Kids

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adjective ter·rif·ic \tə-ˈri-fik\

Definition of terrific for Students

  1. 1 :  excellent That's a terrific idea.

  2. 2 :  very unusual :  extraordinary The car was going at terrific speed.

  3. 3 :  causing terror :  terrible The storm caused terrific damage.



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