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[ter-uh-blee] /ˈtɛr ə bli/
in a terrible manner.
Informal. extremely; very:
It's terribly late. I'm terribly sorry.
Origin of terribly
1520-30; terrible + -ly Unabridged
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  • As with our sister agencies, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families so terribly affected by this storm.
  • Until recently, the road was so terribly rutted and narrow that the trip took eleven hours.
  • It took me a long time to realize that she was terribly overrated as a writer.
  • But that morning it left me absolutely lonely again-terribly alone.
  • And, in this case, there is terribly little evidence.
  • My examination revealed that both of his lungs are terribly affected.
  • The thought that had come into his mind gripped him terribly.
  • It's not a terribly comforting distinction, but it does indicate that humans are not actually on the great white's menu.
  • Crystal skulls are not uncommon or terribly mysterious.
  • It's terribly disturbing, and one would think that something had to be horribly wrong for someone to do that.
British Dictionary definitions for terribly


in a terrible manner
(intensifier): you're terribly kind
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Word Origin and History for terribly

"dreadfully," 1520s, see terrible + -ly (2); in the sense of "extremely" it is first recorded 1833; in the sense of "extremely badly" it dates from 1930.

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