terrific

[tuh-rif-ik]
adjective
1.
extraordinarily great or intense: terrific speed.
2.
extremely good; wonderful: a terrific vacation.
3.
causing terror; terrifying.

Origin:
1660–70; < Latin terrificus frightening, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic

terrifically, adverb
unterrific, adjective
unterrifically, adverb


1, 2. extraordinary, remarkable. 2. fine, excellent.
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terrific (təˈrɪfɪk)
 
adj
1.  very great or intense: a terrific noise
2.  informal very good; excellent: a terrific singer
3.  very frightening
 
[C17: from Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten; see -fic]
 
ter'rifically
 
adv

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terrific
1667, "frightening," from L. terrificus "causing terror or fear," from terrere "fill with fear" (see terrible) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Weakened sensed of "very great, severe" (e.g. terrific headache) appeared 1809; colloquial sense of "excellent" began 1888.
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terrific definition


  1. mod.
    excellent. : Glad to hear it. That's just terrific.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
They're terrific and her voice is wonderful and sort of from another era.
Leftover marmalade is also terrific on pork chops and roast beef.
The rain is terrific for the weeds, which continue to pop up all over the test
  garden at a tremendous pace.
Now it's time to meet these terrific people-five teams today and five tomorrow.
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