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ter•ri•ble(ˈtɛr ə bəl)
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.
In writing or conversation, you use terrible to say that something is very shocking or distressing.
The adverb terribly is sometimes used for emphasizing how shocking or distressing something is.
However, terribly is much more commonly used as a stronger word than 'very' or 'very much'.
Don't use 'terribly' like this in formal writing.
|Adj.||1.||terrible - 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"|
direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, fearful, awful, dire
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
|2.||terrible - 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"
bad great, wonderful, excellent, fine, brilliant, very good, magic, remarkable, superb, pleasant, terrific, delightful, admirable, super, noteworthy
serious mild, insignificant, paltry, small, moderate, harmless
it was a terrible thing to have happened → era terrible que hubiese sucedido algo así
it was a terrible thing to see → era horrible verlo
the terrible thing is that I've lost it → lo peor de todo es que lo he perdido
her French is terrible → habla fatal el francés, habla un francés espantoso
"what was it like?" - "terrible!" → -¿qué tal fue? -¡espantoso!
I'm terrible at cooking → se me da fatal la cocina
I'm terrible at remembering names → se me da fatal recordar (los) nombres, soy malísimo para recordar (los) nombres
I've got a terrible cold → tengo un resfriado espantoso
I've had a terrible day at the office → he 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 suit → ese traje pantalón le quedaba fatal
I've got a terrible memory → tengo una memoria malísima
I've made a terrible mistake → he cometido un terrible error
you sound terrible, is something wrong? → ¡vaya tono!, ¿pasa algo?
we had a terrible time → lo pasamos fatal
I've been a terrible fool → he sido un verdadero imbécil
the garden is in a terrible mess → el jardín está hecho un verdadero desastre
it was or it came as a terrible shock → fue un golpe terrible
he's having terrible trouble with his homework → le está costando horrores or un montón hacer los deberes
to look terrible → n'avoir pas l'air bien du tout
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.
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.