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Dictionary definition for: Terrible

1. (s) causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war" "an awful risk" "dire news" "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked" "the dread presence of the headmaster" "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was" "a dreadful storm" "

2. (s) exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste" "abominable workmanship" "an awful voice" "dreadful manners" "a painful performance" "terrible handwriting" "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

3. (s) intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; "severe pain" "a severe case of flu" "a terrible cough" "under wicked fire from the enemy''s guns" "a wicked cough"

4. (s) extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions" "a frightful mistake" "suffered terrible thirst"

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