how to pronounce terrible


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terrible is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of terrible in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… is done about these terrible evils and …”

meanings of terrible


  1. Very bad; lousy.
  2. Unpleasant; disagreeable.
  3. Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
  4. Dreadful; causing terror, alarm and fear; awesome.
  5. Formidable, powerful.


  1. In a terrible way; to a terrible extent; terribly; awfully.

terrible frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word terrible occurs in english on average 50.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics terrible can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that terrible can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words that rhyme with terrible


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