terrific

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From Latin terrificus (causing terror), from terrere (to frighten, terrify) + -ficus, from facere (to make).

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terrific (comparative more terrific, superlative most terrific)

  1. (colloquial) Frighteningly good.
    I say! She's a terrific tennis player.
  2. (colloquial) Astounding or awesome.
    The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.
  3. Terrifying; causing terror
    The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder.
  4. Frightful or very unpleasant.
    I've got a terrific hangover this morning.
  5. (colloquial) Extraordinarily great or intense.
    terrific speed

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