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1. In a terrible manner: terribly wounded.
2. Extremely; very I'm terribly sorry.
3. To a great extent; very much: Would you mind terribly if I opened the window?
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1. in a terrible manner
2. (intensifier): you're terribly kind.
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(ˈtɛr ə bli)

1. in a terrible manner.
2. extremely; very: It's terribly late. I'm terribly sorry.
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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.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.terribly - used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
2.terribly - in a terrible mannerterribly - in a terrible manner; "she sings terribly"
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1. very much, greatly, very, much, dreadfully, seriously, extremely, gravely, desperately, thoroughly, decidedly, awfully (informal), exceedingly He has suffered terribly in losing his best friend.
2. extremely, very, much, greatly, dreadfully, seriously, desperately, thoroughly, decidedly, awfully (informal), exceedingly I'm terribly sorry to bother you at this hour.
3. badly, poorly, dreadfully, incompetently, awfully, appallingly, dismally, pitifully, abysmally, atrociously, diabolically (informal), inexpertly, execrably We played terribly that day, and didn't deserve to win.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
بِشَكْلٍ مُرَوِّعبصورَةٍ فَظيعَهجِدّا
ægilegaákaflega, óskaplega
rất tệ


[ˈterəblɪ] ADV
1. (= extremely) [worried, difficult, important] → terriblemente, tremendamente
it's terribly good/bades buenísimo/malísimo
it's terribly hard for me to make a decisionme resulta dificilísimo or terriblemente difícil tomar una decisión
he's been terribly illha estado terriblemente enfermo, ha estado fatal
I'm terribly sorrylo siento muchísimo
we aren't doing terribly well at the momentahora no nos va muy bien que digamos
he plays the piano a little, not terribly welltoca un poco el piano, no excesivamente bien
there's something terribly wrong hereaquí hay algo que va realmente mal
a practical joke which had gone terribly wronguna broma que había tenido unos resultados terribles
2. (= very much)
I miss him terriblyle echo muchísimo de menos
to suffer terriblysufrir horrores, pasarlo fatal
3. (= very poorly) [play, perform, behave] → muy mal, fatal
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[ˈtɛrɪbli] adv
(= very much) [suffer, worry] → terriblement; [injured, hurt] → très gravement; [disappointed] → terriblement
She missed him terribly → Il lui manquait terriblement.
He suffered terribly → Il souffrait terriblement.
(= very badly) [play, sing] → affreusement mal
(mainly British) (= very) [important, funny] → extrêmement
I'm terribly sorry
BUT Je suis vraiment désolé.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= very) important, difficultschrecklich (inf); disappointed, sorryfurchtbar; (= very much) sufferfürchterlich, furchtbar; I’m not terribly good with moneyich kann nicht besonders gut mit Geld umgehen; I miss him terriblyich vermisse ihn ganz furchtbar
(= badly) behaveschrecklich, furchtbar; play, singschrecklich, fürchterlich
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[ˈtɛrəblɪ] adv (very) → tremendamente, terribilmente; (very badly, play, sing) → malissimo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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?
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


بِشَكْلٍ مُرَوِّع hrozně frygteligt schrecklich τρομερά terriblemente kauhean affreusement grozno terribilmente ひどく 무섭게 vreselijk grusomt strasznie terrivelmente ужасно fruktansvärt อย่างเลวร้าย aşırı derecede rất tệ 十分
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On Friday the Ninth of June in the present year, Mr and Mrs Boffin (in their manuscript dress of receiving Mr and Mrs Lammle at breakfast) were on the South Eastern Railway with me, in a terribly destructive accident.
The wide, wide sea looked terribly big and lonesome in the moonlight; and he began to wonder if they would lose their way when they passed out of sight of land.
We were not an exemplary couple," he added quickly, glancing at Natasha and noticing on her face curiosity as to how he would speak of his wife, "but her death shocked me terribly. When two people quarrel they are always both in fault, and one's own guilt suddenly becomes terribly serious when the other is no longer alive.
The Giant roared so terribly that for a time they were afraid he had broken loose; but he hadn't.
Mam'selle Pauline was terribly excited; the flush that throbbed into her pale, nervous face showed it; and she locked her thin fingers in and out incessantly.
The higher they flew with the mirror, the more terribly it grinned: they could hardly hold it fast.
When first the Fox saw the Lion he was terribly frightened, and ran away and hid himself in the wood.
In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him.
To see her going to wrack and ruin shocked me terribly. Moreover, it has reached me, through a side wind, that she has been making inquiry for me, and dogging my footsteps, under the pretext that she wishes to pardon me, to forget the past, and to renew our acquaintance.
The event of to-day has shown me that she is terribly in earnest.
"I am terribly afraid of falling, myself," said the Cowardly Lion, "but I suppose there is nothing to do but try it.
Their idea was that by virtue of superior wisdom he merely superintended, and they would have been terribly shocked could they have seen him, club in hand, thrashing forty mongrel dogs, in the process of training, which had become excited and out of hand.