From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishterribleter‧ri‧ble /ˈterəbəl/ ●●●S1W3 adjective1BADextremely severe in a way that causes harm or damageSYN horrible, awfulTheir son had been injured in a terrible accident.We’re worried that something terrible might have happened to Greg.a terrible storm► see thesaurus at horrible2BAD ATvery badSYN awfulThe hotel was absolutely terrible.I’d better write this down; I have a terrible memory.► see thesaurus at bad3FRIGHTENEDmaking you feel afraid or shockedThere was a terrible noise and the roof caved in.She wept when she heard the terrible news.4to a very great degreeSYN graveYou’re making a terrible mistake.THESAURUS – Meanings 1 & 2terrible/awful (also dreadful especially British English) very badThe journey was terrible – it took six hours.The food was good but we had terrible service.It’s such an awful programme! How can you watch it?He looked dreadful.horrible very bad and unpleasant – used especially when something has a strong effect on you and you feel shocked, annoyed, or sickThis soup tastes horrible.I got a horrible shock when I saw the bill.a horrible accidenta horrible thing to say to someoneappallingterrible – especially in a way that is shocking. Appalling is stronger and a little more formal than terrible or horribleThe refugees are living in appalling conditions.The teacher said my handwriting was appalling.disgusting terrible – used about a taste, smell, habit etc, often one that makes you feel sickThe smell was disgusting and I had to go out.Do you have to bite your nails? It’s a disgusting habit.lousy informal terrible – used especially to expressannoyanceI’ve had a lousy day at the office.This area is a lousy place to live.hopeless very bad and difficult – used when there is no chance of success or improvementWe were trying to pay off our debts but it was a hopeless situation.He was given the almost hopeless task of trying to negotiate a ceasefire.diabolical British English extremely bad – used to express great disapproval of an action or eventThe prices are diabolical.a diabolical waste of moneyMcAndrew gave a diabolical performance on Saturday.GrammarTerrible is not used with ‘very’. You say: I feel absolutely terrible today.✗Don’t say: I feel very terrible today.