- The definition of terrible is someone or something extreme, very bad or something that causes fear.
- An example of terrible is a terrible storm such as a category 5 hurricane.
- An example of terrible is a terrible mistake such as dumping an entire casserole on the floor before a dinner party.
- An example of terrible is a terrible event such as someone arriving back to their campsite and seeing a bear eating their food.
- causing terror; fearful; frightful; dreadful
- extreme; intense; severe
- Informal very bad, unpleasant; disagreeable, etc.: a general term of disapproval
Origin: OFr from Classical Latin terribilis from terrere, to frighten: see terror
- terribleness noun
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- Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful: a terrible bolt of lightning; a terrible curse.
- Extremely formidable: terrible responsibilities.
- Extreme in extent or degree; intense: “the life for which he had paid so terrible a price” (Leslie Fiedler).
- a. Unpleasant; disagreeable: had a terrible time at the party; terrible food.b. Very bad: a terrible actor.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre, to frighten.
- terˈri·ble·ness noun