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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin terribilis, from terrere 'to frighten'

terrible

adjective
     
ter‧ri‧ble S1 W3
1 extremely severe in a way that causes harm or damage [= horrible, awful]:
Their son had been injured in a terrible accident.
We're worried that something terrible might have happened to Greg.
a terrible storm
2 informal extremely bad [= horrible, awful]:
The hotel was absolutely terrible.
I'd better write this down; I have a terrible memory.
3 making you feel afraid or shocked:
There was a terrible noise and the roof caved in.
She wept when she heard the terrible news.
4 to a very great degree:
You're making a terrible mistake.
WORD FOCUS: bad WORD FOCUS: bad
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous

bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre

of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal

bad at doing something: be no good at something

very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent

morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate


See also
bad
WORD FOCUS: horrible WORD FOCUS: horrible
taste or smell: nasty, not very nice, revolting, disgusting, foul, unpleasant, gross informal

experience, situation, or feeling: nasty, not very nice, terrible, unpleasant

person: nasty, not very nice, obnoxious, mean American English, unpleasant, objectionable


See also
horrible

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