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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terribleness - a quality of extreme unpleasantnessterribleness - a quality of extreme unpleasantness
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
frightfulness - the quality of being frightful


nSchrecklichkeit f, → Fürchterlichkeit f
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But he loved the work because it was for her and the tiny life that had come to cheer them, though adding a hundredfold to his responsibilities and to the terribleness of their situation.
The scene was fascinating in its terribleness, but suddenly it came to me that we were wasting valuable time watching this conflict, which in itself might prove a means of our escape.
At the moment preceding the first stroke of his paws in the water out of his depth, he had known all the terribleness of the taboo he deliberately broke.
It was not in the ingratiating tone of the habitual beggar: it had come out of the depths of the poor creature's sorrow, vibrating with pity for their youth and despair at the terribleness of human life; it had the anguish of a voice of prophecy.
The terribleness of the sight painted the honest anxiety for the woman on his face.
All of which doesn't balance out the terribleness of what continues to happen.
In fact, I was celebrating the visa my father had gotten me at precisely one of those clubs, listening to a pretty terrible reggaeton band whose terribleness was underscored by a terrible sound system, when I experienced the tumor's first overt symptom.
The beauty of the canyonlands, like all landscapes that inspire the emotion of the sublime, is its terribleness.
Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill; though you should make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there, says the Lord" [Jeremiah 49:16].
As relief from what I took to be the terribleness of life.
In Our Terribleness (some elements and meaning in Black style with Fundi [Billy Abernathy]) (1970)
They did it to help themselves politically and financially,'' Buono said on election night, in a speech that centered on the terribleness of her own state party.