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Definition of "terrific" []

  • Very good or fine; splendid: a terrific tennis player. (adjective)
  • Awesome; astounding: drove at a terrific rate of speed. (adjective)
  • Causing terror or great fear; terrifying: a terrific wail. (adjective)
  • Very bad or unpleasant; frightful: a terrific headache. (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 "terrific" in a sentence
  • "He didn't say whether he'll present his candidacy for the role, which he called "terrific.""
  • "Hall's slicked-back hair and long beard were a turnoff for Tausch, added to what she calls terrific arrogance: "He was pretentious and always making pronunciamentos," she says."
  • "A delighted Commissioner David Stern pronounced the NBA product was in "terrific" shape."