Definition of terrific in English:

terrific

adjective

  • 1Of great size, amount, or intensity.

    ‘there was a terrific bang’
    • ‘The same goes for De Niro, who plays his part with such terrific intensity.’
    • ‘There has always been a terrific amount of keeping up with the Joneses.’
    • ‘In the final the large crowd was enthralled by a game of intense skill and terrific excitement.’
    • ‘One day a golf course I built in Arkansas flooded, and there was a terrific amount of damage.’
    • ‘An hour later we were caught in a terrific thunder storm - lightning, torrential rain, the works.’
    • ‘Why is there this terrific increase in demand for pellets?’
    • ‘With a terrific bang, he drives the hammer into some kind of post to send it further into the ground.’
    • ‘There was a terrific demand for the bins and we had to queue over an hour to get ours.’
    • ‘This was a historic night and nobody at OUABC was hiding the fact that this event was a huge milestone of terrific importance.’
    • ‘Bacon demand from seaside towns is terrific, because Mr and Mrs John Bull will have bacon and eggs for breakfast when on holiday.’
    • ‘There was a terrific, deafening crash, and a dazzling flash of intense red light.’
    • ‘I was surprised how well it went at Sandown and it was a terrific effort by the team, considering they had a huge repair job to do after the last round.’
    • ‘She lasted 16 hours with terrific injuries and the staff were nothing but kind and considerate.’
    • ‘A York amateur astronomer also said his room was lit up as a huge object moved across the sky at terrific speed.’
    • ‘As the lights go down strobe lighting and terrific claps of thunder herald the storm.’
    • ‘W. H. Hudson comments on the gauchos' terrific waste of meat, excess being fed to the dogs by the barrowload.’
    • ‘The law was passed in the wake of terrific scandals involving railroads and other corporate titans.’
    • ‘At midnight I could hear in my bed the terrific gusts and the sounds of a driving deluge.’
    • ‘The Yacht pub in Clontarf was buzzing at midnight last night and strong drink was being consumed at a terrific rate.’
    • ‘I was extremely sensitive to light and sound, I had terrific migraine headaches and my hormones seemed to have gone awry.’
    tremendous, huge, massive, gigantic, colossal, mighty, great, very great, very big, prodigious, formidable, sizeable, considerable
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely good; excellent.
      ‘it's been such a terrific day’
      ‘you look terrific’
      • ‘He is an excellent tackler with terrific instincts and the speed to chase down plays.’
      • ‘It sounded like a terrific idea, but somehow got extremely muddled along the way.’
      • ‘In the south of France a wonderful woman supervises another terrific restaurant, the Hostellerie Jerome in La Turbie.’
      • ‘It would be a building within a building, which is terrific for minimizing sound spillage.’
      • ‘The movie is terrific and really almost perfectly captures the feeling of what it was like to sit in a theater and watch the show.’
      • ‘I would love to come back sometime because it's a terrific club full of lovely people.’
      • ‘The jazz-flavored score sounds terrific and most of the dialogue can be heard.’
      • ‘The Jaguar's sound system is terrific too, but it should be, this is a luxury car.’
      • ‘She said the friends she and her husband Eugene have met have been terrific and the children absolutely wonderful.’
      • ‘The night was a terrific celebration of the past five years and many wonderful memories were revived.’
      • ‘Both performers are terrific and earn an enormous amount of audience goodwill.’
      • ‘Tamoszius is a terrific fiddler, and able to make a nice amount of money playing at local parties.’
      • ‘The intense flavor of dried mushrooms makes them a terrific seasoning ingredient.’
      • ‘The culture shock was huge when I went first but the weather is terrific.’
      • ‘It's a terrific work, and shows a huge architectural reach as well as great power.’
      • ‘It's a huge game and it would be terrific to put two wins together in a row.’
      • ‘I've had a tremendous time there and made some terrific friends on and off the pitch and it's sad to be leaving them behind.’
      • ‘There was a tremendous atmosphere and it was a terrific surface to play on.’
      • ‘The last few months, we've had some terrific live appearances by some great musical artist.’
      • ‘One of the major attractions of the day will be the hundreds of terrific children's books for sale at very reasonable prices.’
      excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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  • 2archaic Causing terror.

    ‘his body presented a terrific emblem of death’
    dreadful, terrible, appalling, awful, horrific, horrible, horrendous, horrifying, hideous, grim, ghastly, gruesome, frightful, fearful
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Origin

Mid 17th century (in terrific (sense 2)): from Latin terrificus, from terrere ‘frighten’.

Pronunciation

terrific

/təˈrɪfɪk/