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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 03/03/15

Hello!

As I know the meaning of the word "terrific" is positive. But I've read that it can also be rather negative. Is it true?

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I agree - it can be used in a sarcastic way as Ian describes - not to be confused with terrible, of course

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 03/03/15

Thank you, Paul!
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Yes, the meaning of terrific is nearly always positive, but, when used as sarcasm can be negative - EXAMPLE- comment- " the highway sign board reads that there is a 20K, two hour traffic jam ahead" - You say - "OH TERRIFIC" !!

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 03/03/15

Thank you, Ian!

Dean Jacobs Dean Jacobs (0) on 30/03/15

Hi Alice, "Terrific" can also be used as an adjective before negative nouns to increase the intensity. Here are some examples. 1. It is a terrific shame that he won't be able to come tomorrow. (Same as: It is a great shame..., It is a real shame...) 2. What a terrific mess! It may be that this has come about from people mis-quoting the word "terrible" (It is a terrible shame...), but in any case, it is used by English speakers in this context. Dean

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 31/03/15

Dean, thank you very much!
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I see it mostly in a positive context. His answer was absolutely terrific / fabulous. They did a terrific job with the marketing plan.

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 11/03/15

Thank you, Mikhail!

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