ter·​rif·​ic tə-ˈri-fik How to pronounce terrific (audio)
: unusually fine : magnificent
terrific weather
: extraordinary
terrific speed
: exciting or fit to excite fear or awe
a terrific thunderstorm
: very bad : frightful
terrifically 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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Word History


Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Time Traveler
The first known use of terrific was in 1667

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“Terrific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrific. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ter·​rif·​ic tə-ˈrif-ik How to pronounce terrific (audio)
: causing terror : terrible
terrific destruction
: very great in degree : extraordinary
a car going at terrific speed
: unusually good
makes terrific chili
terrifically adverb

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