from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful: a terrible bolt of lightning; a terrible curse.
- adj. Extremely formidable: terrible responsibilities.
- adj. Extreme in extent or degree; intense: "the life for which he had paid so terrible a price” ( Leslie Fiedler).
- adj. Unpleasant; disagreeable: had a terrible time at the party; terrible food.
- adj. Very bad: a terrible actor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.
- adj. formidable, powerful.
- adj. Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
- adj. Unpleasant; disagreeable.
- adj. Very bad; lousy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Adapted or likely to excite terror, awe, or dread; dreadful; formidable.
- adj. Excessive; extreme; severe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That excites or is fitted to excite terror, fear, awe, or dread; awful; dreadful; formidable.
- Excessive; tremendous; severe; great: chiefly used colloquially: as, a terrible bore.
- Synonyms Terrific, fearful, frightful, horrible, shocking, dire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
- adj. extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
- adj. causing fear or dread or terror
- adj. exceptionally bad or displeasing
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin terribilis, from terrēre, to frighten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin terribilis ("frightful"), from terrere ("to frighten"). Compare terror, deter. (Wiktionary)