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, terribleadjective

    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, unspeakableadjective

    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, wickedadjective

    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, tremendousadjective

    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

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

Wiktionary

  1. terribleadjective

    Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.

    The witch gave him a terrible curse.

  2. terribleadjective

    formidable, powerful.

  3. terribleadjective

    Intense; extreme in degree or extent.

    He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.

  4. terribleadjective

    Unpleasant; disagreeable.

    The food was terrible, but it was free.

  5. terribleadjective

    Very bad; lousy.

    Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terribleadjective

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

  2. Terribleadjective

    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

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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. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Children are only terrified of invisible ghosts. But some human beings are just as terrible as these creatures.

  2. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia:

    have been reading the Bible a good deal lately, and if we believe in the sublime sacrifice of God the Father in sending His Son to die and rise again for us, we shall feel the Holy Spirit lighting our way, and our joy will become eternal, even if our poor human hearts and earthly minds pass through moments which seem terrible.

  3. Helen Keller:

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.

  4. Jesse Friedman:

    There are disasters of technique and some things that are just bad, we made headcheese from Iceland and it was terrible. We call those milkshake meals because even after you eat, you need to go out after for a milkshake.

  5. Jean Anouilh:

    With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

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