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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Terrible \Ter"ri*ble\, adjective [F., fr. L. terribilis, fr. terrere to frighten. See {Terror}.]

1. Adapted or likely to excite terror, awe, or dread; dreadful; formidable.

Prudent in peace, and terrible in war. --Prior.

Thou shalt not be affrighted at them; for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible. --Deut. vii. 21.

2. Excessive; extreme; severe. [Colloq.]

The terrible coldness of the season. --Clarendon.

Syn: Terrific; fearful; frightful; formidable; dreadful; horrible; shocking; awful. -- {Ter"ri*ble*ness}, noun -- {Ter"ri*bly}, adverb

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

terrible

adjective

1: causing fear or dread or terror; "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" [syn: {awful}, {dire}, {direful}, {dread(a)}, {dreaded}, {dreadful}, {fearful}, {fearsome}, {frightening}, {horrendous}, {horrific}, {terrible}]

2: exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room" [syn: {atrocious}, {abominable}, {awful}, {dreadful}, {painful}, {terrible}, {unspeakable}]

3: intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough" [syn: {severe}, {terrible}, {wicked}]

4: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn: {frightful}, {terrible}, {awful}, {tremendous}]


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