- Dreadful; causing alarm and fear.
- The witch gave him a terrible curse.
- Formidable, powerful.
- Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, in The China Governess:
- ‘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.
- Unpleasant; disagreeable.
- The food was terrible, but it was free.
- Very bad; lousy.
- 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.
- See also Thesaurus:frightening
- (very bad): excellent
dreadful; causing alarm or fear
intense; extreme in degree or extent
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Translations to be checked
- terrible in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- terrible in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
terrible (masculine and feminine plural terribles)
terrible (plural terribles)
- (all senses) terrible
- 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.
- (colloquial) great, excellent
- “terrible” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).