terrible - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    making you feel very upset or afraid

    Her mother’s sudden death came as a terrible shock.

    He’s been through a terrible ordeal.

    A few minutes later there was a terrible scream.

    That’s a terrible thing to say about anyone!

  2. 2
    causing or involving serious harm or damage

    She suffered terrible injuries in the attack.

    There’s been a terrible accident at the crossroads.

    A terrible storm hit the island last night.

  3. 3
    ill, unhappy, or feeling guilty

    Don’t you feel terrible about letting everyone down?

    What’s wrong? You look terrible.

  4. 4
    very bad in quality or ability

    The food was terrible.

    He’s a terrible driver.

    terrible at:

    I’ve always been really terrible at maths.

  5. 5
    [only before noun] very great: used for emphasizing the degree to which something bad is true

    I’m afraid there’s been a terrible mistake.

    He’s obviously in terrible pain.