terrific
adjective Etymology: Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten Date: 1667 1. a. very bad ; frightful b. exciting or fit to excite fear or awe <
a terrific thunderstorm
>
2. extraordinary <
terrific speed
>
3. unusually fine ; magnificent <
terrific weather
>
terrifically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Terrific — Ter*rif ic, a. [L. terrificus; fr. terrere to frighten + facere to make. See {Terror}, and {Fact}.] Causing terror; adapted to excite great fear or dread; terrible; as, a terrific form; a terrific sight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Terrific — «Terrific» Sencillo de Drake Bell Publicación 14 de junio, 2011 Grabación 2011 Género(s) Rock Duración 3:22 …   Wikipedia Español

  • terrific — 1660s, frightening, from L. terrificus causing terror or fear, from terrere fill with fear (see TERRIBLE (Cf. terrible)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Weakened sensed of very great, severe (e.g. terrific headache)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • terrific — [adj1] intense agitating, appalling, awesome, awful, deafening, disquieting, dreadful, enormous, excessive, extreme, fearful, fierce, formidable, frightful, gigantic, great, harsh, horrible, horrific, huge, immense, large, monstrous, severe,… …   New thesaurus

  • terrific — index prodigious (enormous) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • terrific — terrible, frightful, dreadful, *fearful, horrible, horrific, awful, shocking, appalling Analogous words: frightening, alarming, terrorizing (see FRIGHTEN): agitating, upsetting, disquieting (see DISCOMPOSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • terrific — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of great size, amount, or intensity. 2) informal excellent. 3) archaic causing terror. DERIVATIVES terrifically adverb. ORIGIN Latin terrificus, from terrere frighten …   English terms dictionary

  • terrific — [tə rif′ik] adj. [L terrificus < base of terrere, to frighten: see TERROR & FIC] 1. causing great fear or dismay; terrifying; dreadful; appalling 2. Informal a) unusually great, intense, severe, etc. b) unusually fine, admirable, enjoyable,… …   English World dictionary

  • terrific — 01. The movie we saw last night was [terrific]; you ve just got to see it. 02. We went golfing with Jack, who is a [terrific] golfer, so he was able to show us how to hit the ball properly. 03. My wife had a [terrific] idea; why don t we all get… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • terrific — [[t]tərɪ̱fɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something or someone as terrific, you are very pleased with them or very impressed by them. [INFORMAL] What a terrific idea!... Everybody there was having a terrific time... You look terrific, Ann.… …   English dictionary

  • terrific — ter|rif|ic [təˈrıfık] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: terrificus frightening , from terrere; TERRIBLE] 1.) informal very good, especially in a way that makes you feel happy and excited = ↑great ▪ That s a terrific idea! ▪ The actress who… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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