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Words nearby terribly
What does terribly mean?
Terribly means in a way that’s terrible—awfully, horribly, or extremely bad.
The adjective terrible has a few different meanings, but the adverb form terribly is usually based on its sense meaning extremely bad or horrible, as in I did terribly on that test or The children behaved terribly this morning.
Terribly is also commonly used to mean very or extremely, as in We’re terribly sorry. When used this way, it’s an intensifier—a word used to strengthen or emphasize the word it modifies.
This sense of the word is commonly used in negative constructions, such as not terribly exciting, which means the same thing as not very exciting.
Example: I’m not terribly interested in going on a trip with Jeff, especially since I’ve heard he drives terribly.
Where does terribly come from?
The first records of the word terribly come from the 1400s. Terrible comes from the Latin terribilis, which ultimately derives from the Latin verb terrēre, meaning “to frighten” or “to terrify.” Terrēre is also the basis of terrify, terrifying, and terror.
Terrible is most popularly used to simply mean “really bad,” in much the same way that horrible and awful are often used. The adverb awfully is a close synonym for terribly both when it means “very bad” and when it means “very.” When used to mean “very,” it’s perhaps even more commonly used in negative ways, such as saying that two things are not terribly different or that something is not terribly exciting.
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- terrible (adjective)
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Both senses of the word terribly are commonly used.
Satire is hard to do well. Seussian poetry is hard to do well. They're both easy to do terribly. Even professional humorists should be cautious about trying to combine them.
— Chad Orzel (@orzelc) July 24, 2020
Nats after 105 games in 2015: 55-50, one game back. Nats after 105 games in 2014: 58-47, 1-1/2 games up. Not terribly different.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) August 5, 2015
Hi, this is Lisa. I am terribly sorry about this situation. Let me see what I can do for you. Can you DM me one tracking number off of one package, your apartment business name, the full address, phone and email address? I'll get this to the ground terminal for you. Thanks.
— FedEx Help (@FedExHelp) July 22, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for terribly
Not only are a majority of these athletes vulnerable and attending classes on campuses awash in active cases, they’re also competing for schools whose leaders don’t seem terribly interested in implementing sufficient safeguards.Football Is Coming To Three Of The Power Five Conferences. COVID-19 Is Already There.|Josh Planos|September 8, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
A lot of that early lead was probably name recognition, though, as Markey was not terribly well known for an incumbent — and Kennedy had already aired millions of dollars’ worth of TV ads before Markey first went on the air in late July.Today’s Elections In Massachusetts Are Another Big Test For The Progressive Movement|Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 1, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Acquiring search data is not a terribly hard part of an SEO’s job.Why marketers should break SEO strategies into pre- and post-purchase|The Content Studio @ Search Engine Land|August 17, 2020|Search Engine Land
Since the age of six or seven, Wendy Roome knew something was terribly wrong about her.
The masterpiece is huge, but structurally flawed and terribly vulnerable to seismic activity.
Lars von Trier, the terribly talented Danish provocateur, is quite a character.Lars von Trier Breaks His Vow of Silence to Discuss ‘Nymphomaniac’ in Venice|Marlow Stern|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you look at said canon, you will notice that most of them are terribly written.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies|Alec Kubas-Meyer|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that has never struck me as terribly apt or helpful, despite its obviously negative connotation.
It was not so terribly hard as to be impossible for ordinary men, like some of the holy hermits and Saints in the past had taught.Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light|Vera C. Barclay
And then, terribly frightened all the while, she wrote down in a few sentences, his history.The Little Lame Prince|Dinah Maria Mulock
To these young hearts the very idea of being crossed in love was terribly sad.Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3)|Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
Jerry, terribly self-rebuking, wished sincerely that he and Dick had come alone.The Phantom Town Mystery|Carol Norton
“The goddess has come upon my wife most terribly,” thought the poor man.Tales of the Sun|Mrs. Howard Kingscote