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TERRIFIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does terrific mean? 

TERRIFIC (adjective)
  The adjective TERRIFIC has 3 senses:

1. very great or intense
2. extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers
3. causing extreme terror

  Familiarity information: TERRIFIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TERRIFIC (adjective)


Sense 1terrific [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very great or intense

Context examples:

a terrific noise / a terrific thunderstorm storm / fought a terrific battle

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


Sense 2terrific [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers

Synonyms:

wonderful; rattling; marvelous; marvellous; howling; wondrous; terrific; tremendous; fantastic; grand

Context examples:

a fantastic trip to the Orient / the film was fantastic! / a howling success / a marvelous collection of rare books / had a rattling conversation about politics / a tremendous achievement

Similar:

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)


Sense 3terrific [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing extreme terror

Synonyms:

terrifying; terrific

Context example:

a terrifying wail

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


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