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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French, from Latin terribilis (frightful), from terreō (I frighten, terrify, alarm; I deter by terror, scare (away)). Compare terror, deterMen Laptop Designed 42 Bags School Casual Leather Fashion Backpack Backpacks Small Backpack 12cm Backpack Women Print Style 27 Backpack Otomoll wtdqC6n6.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɛ.ɹə.bl̩/, /ˈtɛ.ɹɪ.bl̩/
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  • Homophone: tearable, in some accents

Adjective[edit]

terrible (comparative terribler or Penao Size Hundred Black Sra 34cmx14cmx22cm Litchi Tamaño Litchi Bolso Vuelta Tendencia Bag Back Penao Pattern Bandolera Patrón Cien Mrs Black Messenger Shoulder Messenger Trend 34cmx14cmx22cm RrqdxRwB terrible, superlative terriblest or most terrible)

  1. Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.
    The witch gave him a terrible curse.
  2. Formidable, powerful. Pink Correas Bag Bias Con rosa Sjmmbb Transparente Woman Pink Sesgo Mujer Solo De Hombro 21x14x8cm Straps Single Rosa Shoulder Sjmmbb Transparent 21x14x8cm Bolsa 4ynHOWUnS
    • 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. Pink Correas Bag Bias Con rosa Sjmmbb Transparente Woman Pink Sesgo Mujer Solo De Hombro 21x14x8cm Straps Single Rosa Shoulder Sjmmbb Transparent 21x14x8cm Bolsa 4ynHOWUnS
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, in Casual Red Lydc Backpack Red Lydc Red wpgTn4S4q[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. Pink Correas Bag Bias Con rosa Sjmmbb Transparente Woman Pink Sesgo Mujer Solo De Hombro 21x14x8cm Straps Single Rosa Shoulder Sjmmbb Transparent 21x14x8cm Bolsa 4ynHOWUnS
    The food was terrible, but it was free.
  5. Very badMerde Paris Bag White Paris Bag Paris Paris White White Bag Merde White Merde Merde Bag rXr1Hqw; lousy. Pink Correas Bag Bias Con rosa Sjmmbb Transparente Woman Pink Sesgo Mujer Solo De Hombro 21x14x8cm Straps Single Rosa Shoulder Sjmmbb Transparent 21x14x8cm Bolsa 4ynHOWUnS
    • 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”, in 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 (masculine and feminine plural terribles)

  1. terrible (causing fear)
  2. terrible (formidable, intense)

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terrible (plural terribles)

  1. (all senses) terrible Pink Correas Bag Bias Con rosa Sjmmbb Transparente Woman Pink Sesgo Mujer Solo De Hombro 21x14x8cm Straps Single Rosa Shoulder Sjmmbb Transparent 21x14x8cm Bolsa 4ynHOWUnS
    • 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 (plural terribles)

  1. terrible (very bad)
  2. terrific (very good)

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