Terrible meaning

tĕrə-bəl
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.

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Causing terror; fearful; frightful; dreadful.
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He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.

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Extreme; intense; severe.
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Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.

The witch gave him a terrible curse.

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Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful.

A terrible bolt of lightning; a terrible curse.

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Extremely formidable.

Terrible responsibilities.

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The food was terrible, but it was free.

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Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.

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Extreme in extent or degree; intense.
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Very bad, unpleasant; disagreeable, etc.
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Origin of terrible

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin terribilis from terrēre to frighten

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Latin terribilis (“frightful"), from terrere (“to frighten"). Compare terror, deter.

    From Wiktionary