- extraordinarily great or intense: terrific speed.
- extremely good; wonderful: a terrific vacation.
- causing terror; terrifying.
Origin of terrific
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1, 2. extraordinary, remarkable. 2. fine, excellent.
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- very great or intensea terrific noise
- informal very good; excellenta terrific singer
- very frightening
C17: from Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten; see -fic
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