Definition of terrific in English:

terrific

Line breaks: ter|rif¦ic
Pronunciation: /təˈrɪfɪk
 
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adjective

1Of great size, amount, or intensity: there was a terrific bang
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
tremendous, huge, massive, gigantic, colossal, mighty, great, very great, very big, prodigious, formidable, sizeable, considerable;
intense, extreme, extraordinary, excessive, inordinate
informal mega, whopping, whopping great, humongous
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous
1.1 informal Extremely good; excellent: it’s been such a terrific day you look terrific
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
consummate, perfect
informal super, great, smashing, amazing, amazeballs, fantastic, tremendous, phenomenal, sensational, incredible, heavenly, divine, stellar, gorgeous, dreamy, grand, fabulous, fab, fabby, fantabulous, brill, awesome, magic, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, ace, crack, cool, mean, bad, wicked, mega, crucial, mind-blowing, far out, A1, sound, out of this world, marvy, spanking
British informal brilliant, brill, bosting
North American informal peachy, dandy, jim-dandy, neat, badass, boss, radical, rad, boffo, bully, bitching, bodacious, crackerjack
Australian/New Zealand informal beaut, bonzer
South African informal kif, lank
black English dope, def, phat
informal , dated groovy
British informal , dated capital, champion, wizard, corking, cracking, ripping, spiffing, top-hole, topping, beezer
North American informal , dated swell, keen
vulgar slang shit-hot
archaic goodly
2 archaic Causing terror: his body presented a terrific emblem of death

Origin

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

Derivatives

terrifically

adverb
[as submodifier]: she’s been terrifically busy lately
More example sentences
  • He brings to the plate some truly fragrant and terrifically tender roasted meat.
  • Malkovich's first film is a triumphant and terrifically stylish exercise in moviemaking; it has a real identity and signature.
  • He is terrifically smart, funny, judicious, a great lawyer, and knowledgeable about law, history, and so much else.

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