What does terrible mean?

Definitions for terrible
ˈtɛr ə bəlter·ri·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word terrible.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(adj)

    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"

  2. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable(adj)

    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"

  3. severe, terrible, wicked(adj)

    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"

  4. frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous(adj)

    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

    "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"

Wiktionary

  1. terrible(Adjective)

    Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.

    The witch gave him a terrible curse.

  2. terrible(Adjective)

    formidable, powerful.

  3. terrible(Adjective)

    Intense; extreme in degree or extent.

    He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.

  4. terrible(Adjective)

    Unpleasant; disagreeable.

    The food was terrible, but it was free.

  5. terrible(Adjective)

    Very bad; lousy.

    Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terrible(adj)

    adapted or likely to excite terror, awe, or dread; dreadful; formidable

  2. Terrible(adj)

    excessive; extreme; severe

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terrible

    ter′i-bl, adj. fitted to excite terror or awe: awful: dreadful.—ns. Terr′ible-in′fant, an inconveniently outspoken child—the Fr. enfant terrible; Terr′ibleness, state of being terrible: terror, dread.—adv. Terr′ibly. [L. terribilisterrēre, to frighten.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'terrible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2583

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'terrible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #932

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'terrible' in Adjectives Frequency: #287

How to pronounce terrible?

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How to say terrible in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrible in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of terrible in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I like him because he's a businessman. He does what he says he's going to do. I've seen him lose a ton of money and bounce back, we're in terrible financial debt. I hope he can bail us out.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    We have to ask ourselves: Why is this happening? because of terrible governance, because of corruption, because of conflict, because of climate change, there are so many reasons why people are being, in their minds, forced to leave and try to get to safety.

  3. Swami Krishnananda:

    The soul's illness is more terrible and more difficult to understand than the illness of the body or any other type of malady.

  4. Chris Patten:

    It's a proposal, or a set of proposals, which strike a terrible blow ... against the rule of law, against Hong Kong's stability and security, against Hong Kong's position as a great international trading hub.

  5. D. H. Lawrence:

    I believe a man is born first unto himself-for the happy developing of himself, while the world is a nursery, and the pretty things are to be snatched for, and pleasant things tasted some people seem to exist thus right to the end. But most are born again on entering manhood then they are born to humanity, to a consciousness of all the laughing, and the never-ceasing murmur of pain and sorrow that comes from the terrible multitudes of brothers.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. extroversive
    • B. foreordained
    • C. aculeate
    • D. incumbent

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