• IPA: /təˈɹɪfɪk/


  1. (colloquial) Frighteningly good.
    I say! She's a terrific tennis player.
  2. (colloquial) Astounding or awesome.
    The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.
  3. (dated) Terrifying; causing terror.
    The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder.
    • 1821, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 2, page 154:
      Think of wandering amid sepulchral ruins, of stumbling over the bones of the dead, of encountering what I cannot describe,—the horror of being among those who are neither the living or the dead;—those dark and shadowless things that sport themselves with the reliques of the dead, and feast and love amid corruption,—ghastly, mocking, and terrific.
  4. Frightful or very unpleasant.
    I've got a terrific hangover this morning.
  5. (colloquial) Extraordinarily great or intense.
    terrific speed
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