terrible




The original meaning of terrible was anything that causes terror. That meaning still applies, but mostly this is a word for anything really bad.

Terrible used to be reserved for things that caused fear and terror, but today we use the word to describe anything awful, lousy, or just plain bad. People like saying “That movie was terrible!” or “The Yankees are terrible!” If you get a D on a test, you might tell your friends the test (or teacher) is terrible. Or you might also say, “I am terrible at taking tests.”

Definitions of terrible
  1. adjective

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    terrible handwriting”
    synonyms:
    abominable, abysmal, atrocious, awful, dreadful, painful, unspeakable

    bad

    having undesirable or negative qualities
  2. adjective

    intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    “a
    terrible cough”
    synonyms:
    severe, wicked

    intense

    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  3. adjective

    extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

    synonyms:
    awful, frightful, tremendous

    extraordinary

    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  4. adjective

    causing fear or dread or terror

    “a
    terrible curse”
    synonyms:
    awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific

    alarming

    frightening because of an awareness of danger

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