- 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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Examples from the Web for terrifically
But colleagues insist he is smart, resourceful, talented, and terrifically hard-working.Privilege and Power: The Rise and Rise of Ben Sherwood
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All of this was unsurprising: the terrifically wealthy singer is both notoriously prickly and embarrassingly tight-fisted.Bigmouth Strikes Again: Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke Tells All
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Having spent time bettering yourself these past six months, you now exhibit all the signs of a terrifically together person.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
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Heading down the East Coast on I-95 is terrifically boring, so my mind begins to race with the same old scary thoughts.The Bag Lady's Papers, Part III
January 6, 2009
I caught their amazed stares, and then terrifically they broke into gales of laughter.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
“I understand your game perfectly, Levake,” he said after he had raked him terrifically.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
For the moment she had forgotten that other thing so terrifically important.Beyond
In a moment a terrifically lurid glare was cast over our decks.Old Jack
My dreams were terrifically disturbed by visions of the Angel of the Odd.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
- 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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Word Origin and History for terrifically
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