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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 *tros- "to make afraid" (source also of Sanskrit trasanti "to tremble, be afraid," Avestan tarshta "scared, afraid," Greek treëin "to tremble, be afraid," Lithuanian trišėti "to tremble, shiver," Old Church Slavonic treso "I shake," Middle Irish tarrach "timid"). Weakened sense of "very bad, awful" is first attested 1590s.

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Definitions of terrible

terrible (adj.)
causing fear or dread or terror;
a terrible curse
Synonyms: awful / dire / direful / dread / dreaded / dreadful / fearful / fearsome / frightening / horrendous / horrific
terrible (adj.)
exceptionally bad or displeasing;
terrible handwriting
terrible (adj.)
intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality;
a terrible cough
Synonyms: severe / wicked
terrible (adj.)
extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact;
Synonyms: frightful / awful / tremendous
From wordnet.princeton.edu