terrific

[ tuh-rif-ik ]
/ təˈrɪf ɪk /

adjective

extraordinarily great or intense: terrific speed.
extremely good; wonderful: a terrific vacation.
causing terror; terrifying.

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Origin of terrific

1660–70; < Latin terrificus frightening, equivalent to terr(ēre) to frighten + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic

OTHER WORDS FROM terrific

ter·rif·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ter·rif·ic, adjectiveun·ter·rif·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for terrific

terrific
/ (təˈrɪfɪk) /

adjective

very great or intensea terrific noise
informal very good; excellenta terrific singer
very frightening

Derived forms of terrific

terrifically, adverb

Word Origin for terrific

C17: from Latin terrificus, from terrēre to frighten; see -fic
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