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 for terrible
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Terrible \Ter"ri*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. terribilis, fr. terrere to
     frighten. See Terror.]
     1. Adapted or likely to excite terror, awe, or dread;
        dreadful; formidable.
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              Prudent in peace, and terrible in war. --Prior.
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              Thou shalt not be affrighted at them; for the Lord
              thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
                                                    --Deut. vii.
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     2. Excessive; extreme; severe. [Colloq.]
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              The terrible coldness of the season.  --Clarendon.
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     Syn: Terrific; fearful; frightful; formidable; dreadful;
          horrible; shocking; awful.
          [1913 Webster] -- Ter"ri*ble*ness, n. -- Ter"ri*bly,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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"; "a fearful howling";
             "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible
             curse" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a),
             dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome,
             frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]
      2: 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" [syn:
         atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful,
         terrible, unspeakable]
      3: 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" [syn: severe, terrible, wicked]
      4: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a
         frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn:
         frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  188 Moby Thesaurus words for "terrible":
     aberrant, abnormal, abominable, acute, alarming, appalling,
     arduous, arrant, ashamed, astounding, atrocious, awe-inspiring,
     awesome, awful, bad, baneful, base, beastly, beneath contempt,
     blameworthy, brutal, concentrated, conscience-stricken,
     contemptible, contrite, criminal, deadly, delinquent, deplorable,
     desperate, despicable, detestable, deviant, difficult, dire,
     direful, disagreeable, disgraceful, disgusting, distressed,
     distressing, dread, dreaded, dreadful, egregious, enormous, evil,
     exquisite, fearful, fearsome, fell, fetid, fierce, filthy,
     flagrant, forbidding, formidable, foul, frightening, frightful,
     fulsome, furious, ghastly, ghoulish, gory, grave, grievous, grim,
     grisly, gross, grotesque, gruesome, guilty, hardly the thing,
     harrowing, hateful, heavy, heinous, hideous, horrendous, horrible,
     horrid, horrific, horrifying, howling, ignominious, illegal,
     improper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecorous, infamous,
     intolerable, joyless, laborious, lamentable, loathsome, lousy,
     macabre, mephitic, miserable, monstrous, morbid, nasty, nauseating,
     nauseous, nefarious, noisome, not done, not the thing, notorious,
     noxious, obnoxious, odious, off-base, off-color, offensive,
     out-of-line, outrageous, pitiable, pitiful, rank, redoubtable,
     regretful, regrettable, remorseful, repelling, reprehensible,
     repugnant, repulsive, revolting, rotten, rousing, rueful,
     sacrilegious, sad, savage, scandalous, schlock, schrecklich,
     scurvy, serious, severe, shabby, shameful, shameless, shocking,
     shoddy, sinful, sordid, sorry, squalid, strenuous, terrible,
     terrific, terrifying, thumping, toilsome, too bad, tough, tragic,
     tremendous, unbearable, unclean, undue, unfit, unfitting,
     unfortunate, unhappy, unlawful, unpleasant, unrighteous, unseemly,
     unspeakable, unsuitable, vehement, vicious, vile, villainous,
     violent, whacking, wicked, woeful, worst, worthless, wretched,
     wrong, wrongful

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