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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]


Very great or intense

Context examples:

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


intense (in an extreme degree)

Sense 2terrific [BACK TO TOP]


Extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers


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


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

Sense 3terrific [BACK TO TOP]


Causing extreme terror


terrifying; terrific

Context example:

a terrifying wail


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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