An example of something terrific is scoring 100% on every test.
- Archaic causing great fear or dismay; terrifying; dreadful; appalling
- unusually great in degree, intensity, severity, etc.: a terrific explosion
- Informal unusually fine, admirable, enjoyable, etc.: a general term of approval
Origin of terrificClassical Latin terrificus from base of terrere, to frighten: see terror and -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 (“causing terror"), from terrere (“to frighten, terrify") + -ficus, from facere (“to make").