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Sunday, April 16, 2017

59. Terrible | Learn One Word Today

{Letters ~ 8 l Syllables ~ 3 }
{Scrabble score ▪ 10}


(a) causing fear or dread or terror.
(a) exceptionally bad or displeasing
(a) intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
(a) extreme in degree, or extent, or amount or impact.

The Oxford Dictionary Seal-definition of the word Terrible.


(a) exciting extreme alarm or fear
(a) formidable in nature, awesome
(a) extreme; great.

Etymology of 'terrible,'

(adj.) late 14c., "causing terror, awe, or dread; frightful," from Old French terrible (12c.), from Latin terribilis "frightful," from terrere "fill with fear," from PIE root *tres- "to tremble" (source also of Sanskrit trasati "trembles," Avestan tarshta "feared, revered," Greek treëin "to tremble," Lithuanian trišeti "to tremble," Old Church Slavonic treso "I shake," Middle Irish tarrach "timid"). Weakened sense of "very bad, awful" is first attested 1590s.

terribly (adv.) "dreadfully, so as to cause terror, in a horrible manner," mid-15c., from terrible + -ly (2). In the sense of "extremely" it is first recorded 1833; in the sense of "extremely badly" it dates from 1930.

terrific (adj.) 1660s, "frightening," from Latin terrificus "causing terror or fear, frightful," from terrere "fill with fear" (see terrible) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Weakened sensed of "very great, severe" (as in terrific headache) appeared 1809; inverted colloquial sense of "excellent" began 1888. Related: Terrifically.


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