terribleness









terribleness


adjective

  1. distressing; severe: a terrible winter.
  2. extremely bad; horrible: terrible coffee; a terrible movie.
  3. exciting terror, awe, or great fear; dreadful; awful.
  4. formidably great: a terrible responsibility.

adjective

  1. very serious or extremea terrible cough
  2. informal of poor quality; unpleasant or bada terrible meal; a terrible play
  3. causing terror
  4. causing awethe terrible nature of God

adj.early 15c., “causing terror, frightful,” from Old French terrible (12c.), from Latin terribilis “frightful,” from terrere “fill with fear,” from PIE root *tres- “to tremble” (cf. Sanskrit trasati “trembles,” Avestan tarshta “feared, revered,” Greek treëin “to tremble,” Lithuanian triseti “to tremble,” Old Church Slavonic treso “I shake,” Middle Irish tarrach “timid”). Weakened sense of “very bad, awful” is first attested 1590s.

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