Origin of terrific
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|Lloyd Grove|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Moynihan|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Having spent time bettering yourself these past six months, you now exhibit all the signs of a terrifically together person.
Heading down the East Coast on I-95 is terrifically boring, so my mind begins to race with the same old scary thoughts.
It seemed to him a terrifically heroic thing to do and he hoped by concealing himself in the barn to see it done.Poor White|Sherwood Anderson
As a matter of fact, half of them are not so terrifically busy and important as they consider themselves.New York Sketches|Jesse Lynch Williams
The dogs can travel in weather so terrifically cold that men would not dare to stir abroad.The Bungalow Boys North of Fifty-Three|Dexter J. Forrester
The most terrifically gratifying way of seeing one's hero and his eyes for the first time is to see them in his own home.And Even Now|Max Beerbohm
Charlotte Wentworth has written it out for me, in a terrifically distinct hand.The Europeans|Henry James
Word Origin for terrific
1660s, "frightening," from Latin terrificus "causing terror or fear," from terrere "fill with fear" (see terrible) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Weakened sensed of "very great, severe" (e.g. terrific headache) appeared 1809; colloquial sense of "excellent" began 1888.