ter´ri|ble|ness

ter|ri|ble «TEHR uh buhl», adjective.
1. causing great fear; dreadful; awful: »

a terrible leopard, the terrible weapons of warfare. The terrible storm destroyed many lives.

SYNONYM(S): frightful, appalling, horrible, shocking.
2. distressing; severe: »

the terrible suffering caused by war.

3. Informal. extremely bad or unpleasant: »

a terrible student. She has a terrible temper.

[< Old French terrible, learned borrowing from Latin terribilis < terrēre to terrify]
ter´ri|ble|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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