terrible

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French, from Latin terribilis (frightful), from terrere (to frighten). Compare terror, deter.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɛ.ɹə.bl̩/, ˈtɛ.ɹɪ.bl̩/
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Adjective[edit]

terrible (comparative terribler or more terrible, superlative terriblest or most terrible)

  1. Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.
    The witch gave him a terrible curse.
  2. Formidable, powerful.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      [] and there was even a party of the younger men who pretended to admire him, calling him a "true sea-dog," and "real old salt," and such-like names, and saying there was the sort of man that made England terrible at sea.
  3. Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]? Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?
    He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.
  4. Unpleasant; disagreeable.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      To Edward […] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.
    The food was terrible, but it was free.
  5. Very bad; lousy.
    • 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”, The Onion AV Club:
      The openly ridiculous plot has The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) scheming to win the Pirate Of The Year competition, even though he’s a terrible pirate, far outclassed by rivals voiced by Jeremy Piven and Salma Hayek.
    Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.

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Catalan[edit]

Adjective[edit]

terrible

  1. terrible (clarification of this Catalan definition is being sought)

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terrible (masculine and feminine, plural terribles)

  1. (all senses) terrible
    • 1837, Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manchefr.Wikisource, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Chapter II:
      Mais à peine se vit-il en chemin qu’une pensée terrible l’assaillit, et telle, que peu s’en fallut qu’elle ne lui fît abandonner l’entreprise commencée.
      But scarcely did he see himself on the road when a terrible thought assaulted him, and such that little was missing to make him abandon the enterprise he had started.
  2. (colloquial) great, excellent

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Spanish[edit]

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terrible m, f (plural terribles)

  1. terrible (clarification of this Spanish definition is being sought)

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