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Definition 1: causing fear or dread or terror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where terrible or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the awful war
  • an awful risk
  • dire news
  • a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
  • the dread presence of the headmaster
  • polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
  • a dreadful storm
  • a fearful howling
  • horrendous explosions shook the city
  • a terrible curse

Synonyms for terrible in the sense of this definition

(terrible is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

Definition 2: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where terrible or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in a frightful hurry
  • spent a frightful amount of money

Synonyms for terrible in the sense of this definition

(terrible is similar to ...) beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

"extraordinary authority" "an extraordinary achievement" "her extraordinary beauty" "enjoyed extraordinary popularity" "an extraordinary capacity for work" "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

(terrible is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 3: intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where terrible or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • severe pain
  • a severe case of flu
  • a terrible cough
  • under wicked fire from the enemy's guns
  • a wicked cough

Synonyms for terrible in the sense of this definition

(terrible is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 4: exceptionally bad or displeasing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where terrible or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • atrocious taste
  • abominable workmanship
  • an awful voice
  • dreadful manners
  • a painful performance
  • terrible handwriting
  • an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room

Synonyms for terrible in the sense of this definition

(terrible is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

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