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1. Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful: a terrible bolt of lightning; a terrible curse.
2. Extremely formidable: terrible responsibilities.
3. 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.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre, to frighten.]

ter′ri·ble·ness n.


1. very serious or extreme: a terrible cough.
2. informal of poor quality; unpleasant or bad: a terrible meal; a terrible play.
3. causing terror
4. causing awe: the terrible nature of God.
[C15: from Latin terribilis, from terrēre to terrify]
ˈterribleness n


(ˈtɛr ə bəl)

1. distressing; severe.
2. extremely bad; horrible.
3. exciting terror or great fear; dreadful; awful.
4. formidably great: a terrible responsibility.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin terribilis=terr(ēre) to frighten + -ibilis -ible]
ter′ri•ble•ness, n.


1. 'terrible'

The adjective terrible is used in two ways. In conversation and in less formal writing, you use it to say that something is very unpleasant or of very poor quality.

I know this has been a terrible shock to you.
His eyesight was terrible.

In writing or conversation, you use terrible to say that something is very shocking or distressing.

That was a terrible air crash last week.
2. 'terribly'

The adverb terribly is sometimes used for emphasizing how shocking or distressing something is.

My son has suffered terribly. He has lost his best friend.
The wound bled terribly.

However, terribly is much more commonly used as a stronger word than 'very' or 'very much'.

I'm terribly sorry.
We all miss him terribly and are desperate for him to come home.
It's a terribly dull place.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'terribly' like this in formal writing.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.terrible - causing fear or dread or terrorterrible - causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
2.terrible - exceptionally bad or displeasingterrible - exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
3.terrible - intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
4.terrible - extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"


1. awful, shocking, appalling, terrifying, horrible, dreadful, horrifying, dread, dreaded, fearful, horrendous, monstrous, harrowing, gruesome, horrid, unspeakable, frightful, hellacious (U.S. slang) Thousands suffered terrible injuries in the disaster.
2. (Informal) bad, awful, dreadful, beastly (informal), dire, abysmal, abhorrent, poor, offensive, foul, unpleasant, revolting, rotten (informal), obscene, hideous, vile, from hell (informal), obnoxious, repulsive, frightful, odious, hateful, loathsome, shitty (taboo slang), godawful (slang) I have the most terrible nightmares.
bad great, wonderful, excellent, fine, brilliant, very good, magic, remarkable, superb, pleasant, terrific, delightful, admirable, super, noteworthy
3. ill, sick, unwell, poorly, rough (informal), faint, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), dizzy, lousy (informal), nauseated, queasy, out of sorts, nauseous, off colour (Brit. informal), under the weather (informal), indisposed, peaky, wabbit (Scot. informal) I did feel terrible at the time but I'm all right now.
4. very bad, poor, inadequate, awful, appalling (informal), pants (Brit. informal), dreadful, useless (informal), hopeless, pathetic (informal), dire (informal), inferior, duff (Brit. informal), unsatisfactory, lousy (informal), pitiful (informal), laughable, atrocious, abysmal (informal), frightful, substandard, crummy (informal) She admits her French is terrible.
5. serious, desperate, severe, extreme, bad, dangerous, insufferable He claimed that he had a terrible pain in his head. We are in terrible trouble.
serious mild, insignificant, paltry, small, moderate, harmless
6. unkind, nasty, cruel, off (informal), mean, dirty (informal), unfair, foul, beastly (informal), unacceptable, unpleasant, poisonous, shabby, vile, malicious, low-down (informal), hurtful, out of order (Brit. informal), unwarranted, obnoxious, despicable, spiteful, hateful, mean-spirited, contemptible, shitty (taboo slang), wretched, uncharitable, below the belt, uncalled for, dirty rotten (informal) It was a terrible thing to do to someone.
7. incorrigible, right (Brit. informal), real, great, shocking, impossible (informal), extreme, awful, proper (Brit. informal), dreadful, outrageous, fearful (informal), frightful She's a terrible flirt - a real man-eater.
8. guilty, sorry, ashamed, apologetic, chastened, contrite, repentant, guilt-ridden, remorseful, regretful, penitent, shamefaced, full of regret, conscious-stricken, self-reproachful He said he felt terrible about cancelling the concert.


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[ˈterəbl] ADJ
1. (= very unpleasant) [experience, accident, disease] → terrible, espantoso
it was a terrible thing to have happenedera terrible que hubiese sucedido algo así
it was a terrible thing to seeera horrible verlo
the terrible thing is that I've lost itlo peor de todo es que lo he perdido
2. (= very bad) [weather, food] → horrible, espantoso
her French is terriblehabla fatal el francés, habla un francés espantoso
"what was it like?" - "terrible!"-¿qué tal fue? -¡espantoso!
I'm terrible at cookingse me da fatal la cocina
I'm terrible at remembering namesse me da fatal recordar (los) nombres, soy malísimo para recordar (los) nombres
I've got a terrible coldtengo un resfriado espantoso
I've had a terrible day at the officehe tenido un día malísimo or horrible en la oficina
to feel terrible (= guilty, ill) → sentirse fatal or muy mal
to look terrible (= ill) → tener muy mal aspecto
she looked terrible in that trouser suitese traje pantalón le quedaba fatal
I've got a terrible memorytengo una memoria malísima
I've made a terrible mistakehe cometido un terrible error
you sound terrible, is something wrong?¡vaya tono!, ¿pasa algo?
we had a terrible timelo pasamos fatal
3. (as intensifier) (= great) [pity, shame] → verdadero
I've been a terrible foolhe sido un verdadero imbécil
the garden is in a terrible messel jardín está hecho un verdadero desastre
it was or it came as a terrible shockfue un golpe terrible
he's having terrible trouble with his homeworkle está costando horrores or un montón hacer los deberes


[ˈtɛrɪbəl] adj
(= very unpleasant) [experience, shock, nightmare] → terrible; [conditions, life, news] → terrible; [heat, sight] → terrible; [conditions] → terrible, épouvantable
(= very serious) [injuries, accident, disease, consequences, storm] → terrible
(= ill) to feel terrible → se sentir très mal, ne pas se sentir bien du tout
to look terrible → n'avoir pas l'air bien du tout
(of very bad quality) [hotel, food, memory, weather] → épouvantable
My French is terrible → Mon français est épouvantable.
I've had a terrible day at the office → J'ai eu une journée épouvantable au bureau.
(for emphasis) (= great)
It's a terrible waste! → C'est vraiment du gâchis!
He's a terrible liar → C'est un grand menteur., C'est un incroyable menteur.
I was a terrible fool → J'ai été vraiment bête.
(= guilty) to feel terrible about sth → s'en vouloir pour qch, s'en vouloir terriblement pour qch
to feel terrible for doing sth → s'en vouloir de faire (or d'avoir fait) qch, s'en vouloir terriblement de faire (or d'avoir fait) qch


schrecklich, furchtbar; he is terrible at golfer spielt schrecklich (inf)or furchtbar schlecht Golf; I feel terrible (= feel ill)mir ist fürchterlich schlecht; (= feel guilty)es ist mir furchtbar peinlich; to sound terrible (= ill)sich schrecklich anhören; I sound terrible on tapeauf Band klinge ich furchtbar
(inf: = absolute) foolfurchtbar


[ˈtɛrəbl] adj (gen) → terribile, tremendo/a; (play, film) → orrendo/a; (performance, report) → pessimo/a; (weather) → bruttissimo/a
to be terrible at sth → essere un disastro in qc


(ˈterəbl) adjective
1. very bad. a terrible singer; That music is terrible!
2. causing great pain, suffering, hardship etc. War is terrible; It was a terrible disaster.
3. causing great fear or horror. The noise of the guns was terrible.
ˈterribly adverb
1. very. She is terribly clever.
2. in a terrible way. Does your leg hurt terribly?


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a. terrible.
References in classic literature ?
As his hard knuck- les beat down into the frightened face of the school- master, his wrath became more and more terrible.
And they did not have much time to rest, for an early start must be made to avoid the terrible heat of the middle of the day.
The screams of the horses were more terrible to hear than the cries of the men and women.
A terrible fear was upon her, --the fear of the world beyond the bayou, the morbid and insane dread she had been under since childhood.
Though his person was more than usually screened by a green and fringed hunting- shirt, like that of the white man, there was no concealment to his dark, glancing, fearless eye, alike terrible and calm; the bold outline of his high, haughty features, pure in their native red; or to the dignified elevation of his receding forehead, together with all the finest proportions of a noble head, bared to the generous scalping tuft.
Poor Dick was not prepared for this terrible culmination.
He was one of the martyrs to that terrible delusion, which should teach us, among its other morals, that the influential classes, and those who take upon themselves to be leaders of the people, are fully liable to all the passionate error that has ever characterized the maddest mob.
Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.
Would she brave the terrors of the Latin Quarter with me, I asked, and introduce me to the terrible Cafe d'Harcourt, about which William and Dora had suffered such searchings of heart?
And Dab-Dab was glad, too, to get back to the house she knew so well--although there was a terrible lot of dusting to be done, with cobwebs everywhere.
de Chagny and I recognized that this terrible lamentation came from Erik himself.
Arise," he cried in a terrible voice, "and let me kill you as you have killed my son