- The definition of terrific is awesome, great or very good.
An example of something terrific is scoring 100% on every test.
- causing great fear or dismay; terrifying; dreadful; appalling
- unusually great, intense, severe, etc.
- unusually fine, admirable, enjoyable, etc.: a general term of approval
Origin of terrificClassical Latin terrificus ; from base of terrere, to frighten: see terror and amp; -fic
- Very good or fine; splendid: a terrific tennis player.
- Awesome; astounding: drove at a terrific rate of speed.
- Causing terror or great fear; terrifying: a terrific wail.
- Very bad or unpleasant; frightful: a terrific headache.
Origin of terrificLatin terrificus : terrēre, to frighten + -ficus, -fic.
(comparative more terrific, superlative most terrific)
- (colloquial) Frighteningly good.
- I say! She's a terrific tennis player.
- (colloquial) Astounding or awesome.
- The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.
- Terrifying; causing terror
- The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder.
- Frightful or very unpleasant.
- I've got a terrific hangover this morning.
- (colloquial) Extraordinarily great or intense.
- terrific speed
From Latin terrificus (â€œcausing terrorâ€), from terrere (â€œto frighten, terrifyâ€) + -ficus, from facere (â€œto makeâ€).