ter·​rif·​ic | \ tə-ˈri-fik How to pronounce terrific (audio) \

Definition of terrific

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

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terrifically \ tə-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce terrifically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of terrific in a Sentence

She's given me some terrific ideas. Your test scores were terrific. They did a terrific job painting the house. I had a terrific time. I've recovered completely. In fact, I feel terrific. We were hit by a terrific snowstorm last week.
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Among other strengths, the miniseries boasts terrific performances from a truly stellar cast. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Amazon’s Good Omens is every bit as entertaining as the original novel," 1 June 2019 And while the offense can be tailored to suit each player's skill level, the system remains the same: Michigan needs an accurate passer who can take care of the football and help its terrific defense by finishing drives with kicks. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh: Michigan football's quarterback battle still wide open," 28 Apr. 2018 Which is too bad for Matthew McConaughey, who gives yet another terrific performance, this time as Richard Wershe Sr. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘White Boy Rick’ Review: Trafficking Drugs, Guns and Info," 13 Sep. 2018 First Reformed' Paul Schrader's film features a terrific performance from Ethan Hawke as a minister suffering from a crisis of faith, which understates the case considerably. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Here are the best movies of 2018 (so far)," 11 July 2018 Despite the injuries, Wagner was eager to praise his team for their terrific performance, after Huddersfield played the game with a fantastic tempo. SI.com, "David Wagner Gives Update on Injuries to New Signings After Huddersfield's Pre-Season Victory," 11 July 2018 So here comes center JaVale McGee, a terrific situational player for the Warriors who will not work out as a full-time starter. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "LeBron James’ Lakers may win someday, but not now," 7 July 2018 In the last game of a strange three-game set in which each game was a blowout, the Yankees hammered the Boston Red Sox, 11-1, on Sunday night behind a terrific performance by starting pitcher Luis Severino, who was as good as Price was bad. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Boston’s David Price Knocked Around by Yankees Once Again," 2 July 2018 On the other hand, both the existing Matebook X Pro (2018) and Matebook 13 represent terrific value for the money, and hopefully nothing’s changed in that regard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of terrific

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for terrific

Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten

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English Language Learners Definition of terrific

informal : extremely good
: causing a feeling of surprise or wonder


ter·​rif·​ic | \ tə-ˈri-fik How to pronounce terrific (audio) \

Kids Definition of terrific

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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