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  • adj. Obsolete form of terrific.

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Examples

  • Such a representation, she argues, can do more to discourage self-indulgence than precepts, “moral cautions, or even, perhaps, ... the terrifick examples of tragedy” (14).

    Joanna Baillie’s Ecotopian Comedies

  • The kindness of his heart, notwithstanding the impetuosity of his temper, is well known to his friends; and I cannot trace the smallest foundation for the following dark and uncharitable assertion by Sir John Hawkins: ‘The apparition of his departed wife was altogether of the terrifick kind, and hardly afforded him a hope that she was in a state of happiness.’

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • From the windows the eye wanders over the sea that separates Scotland from Norway, and when the winds beat with violence must enjoy all the terrifick grandeur of the tempestuous ocean.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

  • The gayety of the beginning, contrasted with the solemnity of the conclusion of this terrifick ballad cannot fail to strike all who relish The Castle of

    Translations of German Poetry in American Magazines 1741-1810

  • [913] Our afternoon journey was through a country of such gloomy desolation that Mr. Boswell thought no part of the Highlands equally terrifick. '

    Life of Johnson

  • [308] 'From the windows the eye wanders over the sea that separates Scotland from Norway, and when the winds beat with violence, must enjoy all the terrifick grandeur of the tempestuous ocean.

    Life of Johnson

  • We saw Hawkestone, the seat of Sir Rowland Hill, and were conducted by Miss Hill over a large tract of rocks and woods; a region abounding with striking scenes and terrifick grandeur.

    Life of Johnson

  • The kindness of his heart, notwithstanding the impetuosity of his temper, is well known to his friends; and I cannot trace the smallest foundation for the following dark and uncharitable assertion by Sir John Hawkins: 'The apparition of his departed wife was altogether of the terrifick kind, and hardly afforded him a hope that she was in a state of happiness [5].'

    Life Of Johnson

  • 'More terrifick and more powerful [beings] phantoms perform on the stormy ocean.

    Life Of Johnson

  • The little influence which our present mode of executing criminals has in deterring others from the commission of the same crimes, arises from a want of solemnity and terrifick circumstances on such occasions.

    The Olden Time Series, Vol. 5: Some Strange and Curious Punishments Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts

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