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terrific

[tuh-rif-ik] /təˈrɪf ɪk/
adjective
1.
extraordinarily great or intense:
terrific speed.
2.
extremely good; wonderful:
a terrific vacation.
3.
causing terror; terrifying.
Origin of terrific
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin terrificus frightening, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic
Related forms
terrifically, adverb
unterrific, adjective
unterrifically, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. extraordinary, remarkable. 2. fine, excellent.
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  • I cannot conceal from you that your article on d'Arthez has roused a terrific hubbub.

  • He saw the terrific pace that the Indian had set the others.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Presently the one on top hit his adversary a terrific blow on the head.

  • Barry entered the army under the most terrific pressure only.

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  • With a wild snort he cleared with one leap a low willow bush and dragging the sled after him, sprang away at a terrific speed.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for terrific

terrific

/təˈrɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
very great or intense: a terrific noise
2.
(informal) very good; excellent: a terrific singer
3.
very frightening
Derived Forms
terrifically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten; see -fic
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Word Origin and History for terrific
adj.

1660s, "frightening," from Latin 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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Slang definitions & phrases for terrific

tern

noun

An intern (1970s+ Medical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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