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terrible (extraordinary)

Definition:

extreme in degree, extent, amount, or impact

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

terribleness

Comparative:

more terrible

Superlative:

most terrible

Similar to:

extraordinary

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"causing terror, frightful", from Old French terrible (12th century), from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of terrible...

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

frightful | frightfully [adverb, related] | frightfulness [noun, related]

causing fright; terrifying; alarming | shocking; terrible | [informal] ; unpleasant; annoying ; great (12 of 18 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/frightful

Collins Dictionary:

frightful | frightfulness [noun, derived]

very alarming, distressing, or horrifying | unpleasant, annoying, or extreme (9 of 472 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/frightful

Merriam-Webster:

frightful | ghastful [archaic] | terrifying [synonym, sense-specific] | extreme [synonym, sense-specific] | alarming [synonym, sense-specific] | dire [synonym, sense-specific] | direful [synonym, sense-specific] | dread [synonym, sense-specific] | dreadful [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

causing intense fear or alarm; "terrifying" | startling especially in being bad or objectionable | "extreme" (14 of 169 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/frightful

Oxford Dictionary:

frightful | frightfulness [derived]

[British] : very unpleasant, serious, or shocking | [informal] : used for emphasis, especially of something bad (16 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/frightful

Random House Dictionary:

frightful | ghastful [obsolete]

such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming. | horrible, shocking, or revolting. | [informal] unpleasant; disagreeable. | [informal] very ... (18 of 51 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/frightful

Wiktionary:

frightful | frightfull [archaic, sense-specific] | terrible [synonym, sense-specific] | dreadful [synonym, sense-specific] | alarming [synonym, sense-specific] | fearful [synonym, sense-specific] | terrific [synonym, sense-specific] | awful [synonym, sense-specific] | horrid [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. | Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance. | Used as an intensifier (30 of 37 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/frightful

Cambridge Dictionary:

frightful [old-fashioned informal]

used to emphasize what you are saying, especially how bad something is (12 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/frightful

Macmillan British Dictionary:

frightful [informal, dated]

extremely serious or unpleasant (4 of 29 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/frightful

American Heritage Dictionary:

frightful | frightfully [adverb, related] | frightfulness [noun, related]

Causing disgust or shock; horrifying. | Causing fright; terrifying. | [informal] ; Excessive; extreme | Disagreeable; distressing (14 of 25 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/frightful

Wikipedia:

Terrible [disambiguation]

may refer to: French ship Le Terrible, sixteen ships of the French Navy | HMS Terrible, eight British Royal Navy ships | The Terrible, the ship used by privateer William Death in 1756 | Herbst Gaming, a family-owned casino and slot route operator ... (40 of 110 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Terrible

Encarta Dictionary:

frightful | frightfulness [noun, derived]

used to indicate the seriousness or severity of something | extremely bad or unpleasant | used to indicate that somebody or something is an extreme ... (23 of 81 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613574​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

terrible

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "causing terror, frightful", from Old French terrible (12th century), from Latin terribilis "frightful", from terrere "fill with ... (20 of 63 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=terrible

Oxford Dictionary:

terrible

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense "causing terror"): via French from Latin terribilis, from terrere "frighten"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/terrible

Merriam-Webster:

terrible

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre to frighten

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/terrible

American Heritage Dictionary:

terrible

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre, to frighten.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/terrible

Wiktionary:

terrible

Origin: French, from Latin terribilis ("frightful"), from terrere ("to frighten"). Compare terror, deter.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/terrible

New World Dictionary:

terrible

Origin: Old French from Latin terribilis from terrere, to frighten: see "terror"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/terrible

Collins Dictionary:

terrible

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin terribilis, from terrēre to terrify

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/terrible

Encarta Dictionary:

terrible

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin terribilis from terrere "frighten"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719258​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

terrible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terrible"

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Collins Dictionary:

terrible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terrible"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/terrible

Macmillan British Dictionary:

terrible

Audio: British English pronunciation of "terrible"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

terrible

Audio: North American pronunciation of "terrible"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

terrible [entry 2, informal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "terrible"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "terrible"

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the Free Dictionary:

terrible

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "terrible"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "terrible"

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Google Dictionary:

terrible

Audio: English pronunciation of "terrible"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

terrible

Audio: North American pronunciation of "terrible"

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YourDictionary Audio:

terrible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terrible" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

terrible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terrible" by speech synthesizer

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