Yet it is here that the genius of Michael Angelo in all its terribleness must still be studied.
In an instant I was rolling on the deck and shrieking from the terribleness of my suffering.
And the South arose to the terribleness of the crime and met it with the rifle, the torch and the rope.
I mean in his power of heightening the glory and the terribleness of the human race.
The terribleness of a life sentence must be seen to be appreciated; seen, too, not for a day or a week, but for a term of years.
The terribleness that at times proceeds from them has no equal in any other condition of existence.
"terribleness" is but the emptiest of threats and the weakest of weapons.
The terribleness of war has been forcibly impressed on all participants.
Yet in the psychology of the strong the lesson is despised and no count taken of the terribleness of the weak.
The terribleness of the sight painted the honest anxiety for the woman on his face.
early 15c., "causing terror, frightful," from Old French terrible (12c.), from Latin terribilis "frightful," from terrere "fill with fear," from PIE root *tres- "to tremble" (cf. Sanskrit trasati "trembles," Avestan tarshta "feared, revered," Greek treëin "to tremble," Lithuanian triseti "to tremble," Old Church Slavonic treso "I shake," Middle Irish tarrach "timid"). Weakened sense of "very bad, awful" is first attested 1590s.