terribleness

terrible

[ter-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
distressing; severe: a terrible winter.
2.
extremely bad; horrible: terrible coffee; a terrible movie.
3.
exciting terror, awe, or great fear; dreadful; awful.
4.
formidably great: a terrible responsibility.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin terribilis, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -ibilis -ible

terribleness, noun
unterrible, adjective


3. fearful, frightful, appalling, dire, horrible, horrifying, terrifying, horrendous, horrid.
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terrible (ˈtɛrəbəl)
 
adj
1.  very serious or extreme: a terrible cough
2.  informal of poor quality; unpleasant or bad: a terrible meal; a terrible play
3.  causing terror
4.  causing awe: the terrible nature of God
 
[C15: from Latin terribilis, from terrēre to terrify]
 
'terribleness
 
n

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terrible
early 15c., "causing terror, frightful," from O.Fr. terrible (12c.), from L. terribilis "frightful," from terrere "fill with fear," from PIE base *tres- "to tremble" (cf. Skt. trasati "trembles," Avestan tarshta "feared, revered," Gk. treëin "to tremble," Lith. triseti "to tremble," O.C.S. treso
"I shake," M.Ir. tarrach "timid"). Weakened sense of "very bad, awful" is first attested 1590s.
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