• "Jim got a terrible drenching."
    "Jim got a terrible drenching."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n terribleness a quality of extreme unpleasantness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'It is a terrible thing, is a wreck on this coast.'" "'It is a terrible thing, is a wreck on this coast.'"
A Terrible Tale A Terrible Tale

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The blow of a whale has a strong, foul odor. It apparently smells like a combination of spoiled fish and old oil. Because whales have such terrible breath, sailors believed at one time that a whiff of it could cause brain disorders.
    • n terribleness The character or state of being terrible; dreadfulness; formidableness: as, the terribleness of a sight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Terribleness state of being terrible: terror, dread
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  • Henry Fielding
    “It is not death, but dying, which is terrible.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.”
  • Carolyn Heilbrun
    Carolyn Heilbrun
    “The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.”
  • Chaim. Weizmann
    Chaim. Weizmann
    “Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. terribilisterrēre, to frighten.


In literature:

The house was a survival, a protest against the terrible all-invading soul of Scale on Humber.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
You must need rest terribly.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Then I shall be ready to fight if need be and will fear no one save man, and will fear him only when he has a terrible gun with him.
"The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer" by Thornton W. Burgess
And then the blow fell, swift, terrible and utterly unexpected.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
I may be offered up to those terrible gods you told me of.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
How terribly determined you are not to enjoy life!
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
People always do seem to think it so terrible that a girl should have her own way in anything.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
What terrible catafterme hab occurred in dis unapproachable manner?
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
His back was aching terribly.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
Now it was with her in the ravine, and as she asked questions, terrible questions, it gave her terrible answers.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens

In poetry:

Now dust and sun does every one
Most terribly annoy;
Complaints begun, soon every one
Elbows his neighbour boy.
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
How holy is his name!
How terrible his praise!
Justice, and truth, and judgment join
In all his works of grace.
"Psalm 99 part 1" by Isaac Watts
I am the cage where poetry
Paces and roars. The beast
Is the god. How murder the god?
How live with the terrible god?
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
Say to the Power that shakes the sky,
"How terrible art thou!
Sinners before thy presence fly,
Or at thy feet they bow."
"Psalm 66 part 1" by Isaac Watts
He has read how good and evil,--
In creation's wild upheaval,--
Warred; while God wrought terrible
At foundations red of Hell.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein
How terrible thy glories be!
How bright thine armies shine!
Where is the power that vies with thee,
Or truth compared to thine?
"Psalm 89 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

A terrible thing to waste.
Myron Cope holding up a Terrible Towel in a 1979 photo.
Before he was the leader of the free world, the "liberator" of Iraq, and the most unpopular president since Richard Nixon, George W Bush was just a guy with terrible clothes trying to win his first election.
Churchill called them "the terrible ifs".
The Trigger When I stop taking Viagra I get a terrible headache—I need to get some sleep but I had to be up at 11 pm for my shot.
In a terrible election year, there are some things Democrats ought to be able to count on.
A day of celebration ended terribly for more than 100 people who visited the Buddhist Garden Festival at the Chuang Yen Monestary in Putnam County Sunday.
Here's The Best Explanation Yet For Why The iPad Mini Has Such A Terrible Screen (AAPL).
Mark Twain liked to quip that it's a terrible death to be talked to death.
"At the time it was up for designation it was a terrible fight," Mr Barwick said.
In 2008 the federal government made a terrible domestic policy mistake.
It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads.
How upsetting it is as an employee to read such terrible things about our hospital.
The Atlanta woman had called them to report her truck stolen, but when they arrested her for assault instead, she was terribly confused.
They could not have known what terrible things the pioneering conceptual artist would do to it.

In science:

It is also possible that the computation is terribly complicated.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
On the other hand, it seems terribly wasteful to have two copies of every axiom, when all we really want to say is that classes and sets behave in just the same ways, except that sets can’t be too large.
Set theory for category theory
On the other side, trying to compute the number of cycles by subdivision of the RGB cube gives terrible results no matter what subdivision of the RGB cube you take.
Stochastic Homology. Reduction Formulas for Computing Stochastic Betti Numbers of Maximal Random Complexes with Discrete Probabilities. Computation and Applications
Modern BSs are terribly inefficient because of their need for PA linearity and high peak-to-average power ratios (PAPR).
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
These are terribly simple rules and you would think it probably couldn’t produce anything very interesting.
Definability in the Real Universe