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

Definition of terrific in English:

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
informalmega, whopping, whopping great, humongous
British informalwhacking, whacking great, ginormous
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.
Synonyms
consummate, perfect
informalsuper, 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 informalbrilliant, brill, bosting
North American informalpeachy, dandy, jim-dandy, neat, badass, boss, radical, rad, boffo, bully, bitching, bodacious, crackerjack
Australian/New Zealand informalbeaut, bonzer
South African informalkif, lank
black Englishdope, def, phat
informal, , datedgroovy
British informal, , datedcapital, champion, wizard, corking, cracking, ripping, spiffing, top-hole, topping, beezer
North American informal, , datedswell, keen
vulgar slangshit-hot
archaicgoodly
2 archaic Causing terror: his body presented a terrific emblem of death

Derivatives

terrifically

1
Pronunciation: /təˈrɪfɪkli/
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.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in 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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