Definition of terrible in English:

terrible

Line breaks: ter|rible
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrɪb(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 2Causing or likely to cause terror; sinister: the stranger gave a terrible smile
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    • Yet we knew a terrible secret far more sinister than Ray Martin's wig or the little green men at Roswell.
    • Shuto screamed an ancient battle cry and charged into the night, the only light in the dark the sinister eyes of his terrible adversaries.
    • She turned to Wolf with a terrible little smile.

Phrases

terrible twos

informal A period in a child’s social development (typically around the age of two years) which is associated with very defiant or unruly behaviour.
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  • Initially, the couple put his behaviour down to the "terrible twos" syndrome.
  • She never went through the "terrible twos."
  • This year's programmes explore the world of the " terrible twos ".

Derivatives

terribleness

noun
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  • We have to see the reason behind the coercion, to experience the terribleness in the threat, before we, too, feel its presence.
  • The harsh, methodical thrash of '80s-style death-metal, and annoying and heavy vocal stylings, do nothing to save this album from total terribleness.
  • The terribleness of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me as a film is kind of too bad, because the biography here, the story, the real wit and spirit of the writing, deserves a wide audience.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'causing terror'): via French from Latin terribilis, from terrere 'frighten'.

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