Definition of terrific in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈrifik/


1Of great size, amount, or intensity: there was a terrific bang
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  • 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.
tremendous, huge, massive, enormous, gigantic, colossal, mighty, great, prodigious, formidable, monstrous, sizable, considerable;
intense, extreme, extraordinary
informal whopping, humongous
1.1 informal Extremely good; excellent: it’s been such a terrific day you look terrific
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  • 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.
marvelous, wonderful, sensational, outstanding, great, superb, excellent, first-rate, first-class, dazzling, out of this world, breathtaking;
fantastic, fabulous, super, blue-ribbon, magic
informal cool, wicked, awesome, bang-up, dandy, mean
2 archaic Causing terror.


Mid 17th century (sense 2): from Latin terrificus, from terrere 'frighten'.

Words that rhyme with terrific

anaglyphic, beatific, calorific, colorific, hieroglyphic, honorific, horrific, Indo-Pacific, pacific, prolific, scientific, soporific, specific, transpacific, triglyphic

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Syllabification: ter·rif·ic

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