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Syllabification: ter·rif·ic
Pronunciation: /təˈrifik

Definition of terrific in English:


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.
2 archaic Causing terror.


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



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
[as submodifier]: she’s been terrifically busy lately
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  • 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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