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Meaning of terrific by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From Latin terrificus ( “causing terror” ), from terrere ( “to frighten, terrify” ) + -ficus, from facere ( “to make” ) .


    • Rhymes: -ɪfɪk


    terrific ( comparative more terrific, superlative most terrific )

    1. ( colloquial ) Frighteningly good .
      I say! She's a terrific tennis player .
    2. ( colloquial ) Astounding or awesome .
      The car came round the bend at a terrific speed .
    3. Terrifying; causing terror
      The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder .
    4. Frightful or very unpleasant .
      I've got a terrific hangover this morning .
    5. ( colloquial ) Extraordinarily great or intense .
      terrific speed

    External links

    • terrific in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • terrific in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of terrific by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. causing extreme terror

    2. very great or intense

    3. a terrific noise
      a terrific thunderstorm storm
      fought a terrific battle
    4. extraordinarily good or great

    Definition of terrific by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Terrific a. [L. terrificus; fr. terrere to frighten + facere to make. See Terror, and Fact.] Causing terror; adapted to excite great fear or dread; terrible; as, “a terrific form; a terrific sight.”