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Terible vs. Terrible: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Updated on March 12, 2024
"Terible" is an incorrect spelling, while "Terrible" is the correct spelling denoting something of poor quality or alarming nature.

Which is correct: Terible or Terrible

How to spell Terrible?

Terible is Incorrect

Terrible is Correct


Key Differences

Terrible events are doubly distressing, so remember the double "r".
"Terrible" contains two "r"s just like "horrible".
"Terrible" has the same number of letters as "horrible".
The word "terror" is close in meaning and also has two "r"s.
Think of "terri" as in "territory" and add "ble".

Correct usage of Terrible

I felt terible after hearing the news.
I felt terrible after hearing the news.
The movie had terible reviews.
The movie had terrible reviews.
He made a terible mistake on the project.
He made a terrible mistake on the project.
The weather was very terible yesterday.
The weather was very terrible yesterday.

Terrible Definitions

Extremely bad or serious.
The storm caused terrible damage.
Very severe or intense.
He's in terrible pain.
Used to emphasize the large degree of something.
He made a terrible mistake.
Very poor in quality.
She has terrible handwriting.
Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful
A terrible bolt of lightning.
A terrible curse.
Extremely formidable
Terrible responsibilities.
Extreme in extent or degree; intense
"the life for which he had paid so terrible a price" (Leslie Fiedler).
Unpleasant; disagreeable
Had a terrible time at the party.
Terrible food.
Very bad
A terrible actor.
Dreadful; causing terror, alarm and fear; awesome
The witch laid a terrible curse on him.
Formidable, powerful.
Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.
Unpleasant; disagreeable.
The food was terrible, but it was free.
Very bad; lousy.
Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.
In a terrible way; to a terrible extent; terribly; awfully.
Adapted or likely to excite terror, awe, or dread; dreadful; formidable.
Prudent in peace, and terrible in war.
Thou shalt not be affrighted at them; for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
Excessive; extreme; severe.
The terrible coldness of the season.
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
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
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
Extremely distressing;
Fearful slum conditions
A frightful mistake
Suffered terrible thirst
Causing fear or dread.
A terrible ghost story.

Terrible Sentences

She had a terrible headache and decided to skip school today.
The storm last night was terrible; it knocked down several trees.
He thought it was terrible that he had to work on his birthday.
That joke was in terrible taste and upset many people.
After the game, the locker room smelled terrible.
My sister said the food at the new restaurant was terrible.
The test was terrible; I barely knew any of the answers.
She made a terrible decision that cost her the game.
I have a terrible feeling that we forgot to lock the back door.
My attempt at baking cookies turned out terrible; they were all burnt.
The traffic jam was terrible; we were stuck for over two hours.
The roads were in terrible condition after the heavy snow.
It's terrible that we have so much homework over the weekend.
The horror movie was so terrible that I couldn't sleep all night.
It was terrible to see the park littered with trash after the concert.
She received a terrible sunburn after forgetting to apply sunscreen.
The news reported a terrible accident on the highway this morning.
His handwriting is so terrible that no one can read it.
The weather forecast predicts terrible storms for the weekend.
Losing the championship game was a terrible disappointment.

Terrible Idioms & Phrases

A terrible shame

A situation that is very disappointing or regrettable.
It's a terrible shame that the old theater is being demolished.

Terrible at

Being very unskilled or poor at something.
She is terrible at lying; you can always tell when she's making something up.

Terrible to behold

Something that is very unpleasant or bad to see.
The aftermath of the earthquake was terrible to behold, with destruction everywhere.

Terrible news

Information that is very upsetting or unfortunate.
The doctor called with terrible news about the test results.

A terrible ordeal

A very difficult or unpleasant experience.
Surviving the hurricane was a terrible ordeal for the family.

A terrible state of affairs

A very bad or undesirable situation.
The corruption in the government is a terrible state of affairs that needs to be addressed.

In a terrible way

In a very bad condition or situation.
After the hurricane, the city was in a terrible way, with many homes destroyed.

Something terrible

Used to emphasize the seriousness or severity of a situation.
Something terrible happened at the school today; the principal will address it this afternoon.

Make a terrible mess

To create a lot of disorder or chaos.
The toddlers made a terrible mess in the living room with their toys and food.

Feel terrible about

To feel very sorry or guilty about something.
I feel terrible about forgetting your birthday; I promise to make it up to you.

A terrible blow

A severe setback or disappointment.
Losing the funding was a terrible blow to the research team.

A terrible sight

Something that is very disturbing or distressing to see.
The scene of the accident was a terrible sight, with debris scattered everywhere.

Have a terrible time

To experience a lot of difficulties or to not enjoy something.
We had a terrible time at the beach because it rained all day.

Terrible odds

Very low chances of success.
The team faced terrible odds, but they managed to win the championship anyway.

Look terrible

To appear very unwell or in a bad condition.
You look terrible; have you been sick?


Which vowel is used before Terrible?

It can vary based on context. No specific vowel always precedes "terrible".

What is the verb form of Terrible?

Terrible doesn't have a direct verb form, but "terrify" is a related verb.

Why is it called Terrible?

The word "terrible" comes from the Latin "terribilis", meaning "causing fear or terror".

Which conjunction is used with Terrible?

No specific conjunction is associated with "terrible".

What is the plural form of Terrible?

Terrible is an adjective and doesn't have a plural form.

What is the pronunciation of Terrible?


Which preposition is used with Terrible?

"At" (as in "terrible at something") or "with" (as in "terrible with names").

Is Terrible an abstract noun?


What is the root word of Terrible?

The root word is Latin "terribilis".

Is Terrible a negative or positive word?

It is generally negative.

Which article is used with Terrible?

Both "a" and "the" can be used.

Is Terrible a countable noun?

No, it's an adjective.

Is the Terrible term a metaphor?

Not inherently, but it can be used metaphorically.

What is the singular form of Terrible?


Is Terrible a vowel or consonant?

"Terrible" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.

How do we divide Terrible into syllables?


Is Terrible a collective noun?


What is the second form of Terrible?

Terrible doesn't have verb forms.

What is the third form of Terrible?

Terrible doesn't have verb forms.

Is Terrible an adverb?


Which determiner is used with Terrible?

"The", "a", "his", "her", etc. depending on context.

Is the word Terrible imperative?


How is Terrible used in a sentence?

"The movie's special effects were terrible."

Is Terrible a noun or adjective?

"Terrible" is an adjective.

How many syllables are in Terrible?

Three syllables.

What is a stressed syllable in Terrible?

The first syllable "Ter-" is stressed.

What part of speech is Terrible?

It is an adjective.

What is another term for Terrible?

Dreadful, awful.

What is the opposite of Terrible?

Wonderful, great.

What is the first form of Terrible?

Terrible doesn't have verb forms.
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