ter|ri|ble

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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  • 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;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flut´ter|a|ble — flut|ter «FLUHT uhr», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to wave back and forth quickly and lightly; quiver: »A small flag fluttered in the breeze. 2. to move or flap the wings without flying or with short flights: »The chickens fluttered excitedly when they… …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|al´ter|a|ble|ness — un|al|ter|a|ble «uhn L tuhr uh buhl», adjective. that cannot be altered; not changeable; permanent in nature; fixed: »an unalterable policy. SYNONYM(S): immutable. –un|al´ter|a|ble|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|al|ter|a|ble — «uhn L tuhr uh buhl», adjective. that cannot be altered; not changeable; permanent in nature; fixed: »an unalterable policy. SYNONYM(S): immutable. –un|al´ter|a|ble|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • in|al|ter|a|ble — «ihn L tuhr uh buhl», adjective. not alterable; unchangeable. SYNONYM(S): unalterable, immutable. –in|al´ter|a|bly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

  • al|ter|a|ble|ness — «L tuhr uh buhl nihs», noun. the quality of being alterable; alterability …   Useful english dictionary

  • al|ter|a|ble — «L tuhr uh buhl», adjective. that can be altered …   Useful english dictionary

  • en|fant ter|ri|ble — «ahn fahn teh REE bluh», French. 1. a child whose behavior or words embarrass older people. 2. a person or organization that is indiscreet, lacks a sense of responsibility, or is extremely unconventional: »By the year 1919, when he [John Maynard… …   Useful english dictionary

  • en|ter|a|ble — «EHN tuhr uh buhl», adjective. that can be entered …   Useful english dictionary

  • fil|ter|a|ble — «FIHL tuhr uh buhl», adjective. 1. that can be filtered. 2. capable of passing through a filter that arrests most microorganisms: »a filterable virus. Also, filtrable …   Useful english dictionary


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