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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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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The first known use of terrific was in 1667

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18 Jan 2020

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“Terrific.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrifically. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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