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Definition of "terrible" []

  • Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful: a terrible bolt of lightning; a terrible curse. (adjective)
  • Extremely formidable: terrible responsibilities. (adjective)
  • Extreme in extent or degree; intense: "the life for which he had paid so terrible a price” ( Leslie Fiedler). (adjective)
  • Unpleasant; disagreeable: had a terrible time at the party; terrible food. (adjective)
  • Very bad: a terrible actor. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "terrible" in a sentence
  • "It would be a terrible thing, perfectly _terrible_, to have him marry a girl who is not a lady, nor even an educated woman. ""
  • "Dickey: When we were filming, she was 2, and whoever came up with the term "terrible twos" knew what they were talking about."
  • "That outside pressure only seems to embolden the president, who used his inaugural address to denounce what he calls terrible cases of foreign interference that threaten Ivory Coast's sovereignty."