Synonyms of terrible
1 awfulDictionary • Thousands suffered terrible injuries in the disaster.
awful • an awful smell of paint
shocking (informal) • I must have been in a shocking state last night.
appalling • They have been living under the most appalling conditions.
terrifying • one of the most terrifying diseases known to man
horrible • Still the horrible shrieking came out of his mouth.
dreadful • They told us the dreadful news.
dread (literary) • the dread phrase 'politically correct'
dreaded • this dreaded disease
fearful (informal) • The earthquake was a fearful disaster.
horrendous • The violence used was horrendous.
monstrous • the film's monstrous fantasy figure
gruesome • There has been a series of gruesome murders in the capital.
horrid (informal) • What a horrid smell!
unspeakable • the unspeakable horrors of chemical weapons
frightful • refugees trapped in frightful conditions
hellacious (US, slang)
2 badDictionary (informal) • I have the most terrible nightmares.
awful • Even if the weather's awful there's still lots to do.
beastly (informal) • The weather was beastly.
abhorrent • Many people find the idea of abortion abhorrent.
offensive • the offensive smell of manure
foul • He is accused of all manner of foul deeds.
unpleasant • They tolerated what they felt was an unpleasant situation.
revolting • The smell in the cell was revolting.
obscene • It was obscene to spend millions producing unwanted food.
hideous • His family was subjected to a hideous attack.
vile • the vile smell of his cigar smoke
from hell (informal)
obnoxious • The people at my table were so obnoxious, I had to leave.
repulsive • repulsive, fat, white slugs
odious • He's the most odious man I have ever met.
hateful • Society is still a hateful and dysfunctional place.
loathsome • the loathsome spectacle we were obliged to witness
shitty (taboo, slang)
, very good
3 illDictionary • I did feel terrible at the time but I'm all right now.
ill • He was seriously ill with pneumonia.
sick • He's very sick.
unwell • He felt unwell as he was being driven back to his office.
poorly (informal) • I've just phoned Julie and she's still poorly.
rough (informal) • The lad is still feeling a bit rough.
crook (Australian, New Zealand, informal) • He admitted to feeling a bit crook.
lousy (informal) • I wasn't actually sick but I was feeling lousy.
queasy • He was prone to sickness and already felt queasy.
out of sorts • At times, he has seemed lifeless and out of sorts.
nauseous • The drugs make me feel nauseous.
off colour (British, informal)
under the weather (informal) • I'm feeling a bit under the weather today.
indisposed • The speaker was regrettably indisposed.
peaky • Are you feeling all right? You look a little peaky.
wabbit (Scottish, informal)
4 very bad • She admits her French is terrible.
poor • The wine is very poor.
pants (British, informal)
hopeless • I'd be hopeless at working for somebody else.
pathetic (informal) • That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
dire (informal) • a book of verse which ranged from the barely tolerable to the utterly dire
inferior • The cassettes were of inferior quality.
duff (British, informal) • A couple of duff tracks prevent this being a masterpiece.
unsatisfactory • The inspectors said a third of lessons were unsatisfactory.
lousy (informal) • The menu is limited and the food is lousy.
atrocious (informal) • The food here is atrocious.
abysmal (informal) • The general standard was abysmal.
crummy (informal) • This is a lot better than some of the crummy places I've stayed in.
bodger or bodgie (Australian, slang)
5 seriousDictionary • He claimed that he had a terrible pain in his head. • We are in terrible trouble.
serious • His condition was serious but stable.
desperate • Troops are needed to get food to people in desperate need.
severe • The fence collapsed during the recent severe weather.
extreme • people living in extreme poverty
bad • The pain is often so bad she wants to scream.
6 unkindDictionary • It was a terrible thing to do to someone.
unkind • All last summer he'd been unkind to her.
nasty • He's only nasty to me when there's no-one around to see it.
mean • Upstaging the bride was a particularly mean trick.
dirty (informal) • That was a dirty trick to play.
beastly (informal) • He must be wondering why everyone is being so beastly to him.
unacceptable • She left her husband because of his unacceptable behaviour.
unpleasant • He was very unpleasant indeed.
shabby • It was hard to know why the man deserved such shabby treatment.
vile • a vile and despicable crime
low-down (informal) • They will stoop to every low-down trick.
hurtful • Her comments were very hurtful to Mrs Green's family.
out of order (British, informal)
despicable • He said it was a despicable crime.
contemptible • Her husband is a contemptible little man.
shitty (taboo, slang)
wretched • Politicians - I hate the whole wretched lot of them.
uncharitable • an uncharitable assessment of the reasons for the failure
below the belt
dirty rotten (informal)
7 incorrigibleDictionary • She's a terrible flirt - a real man-eater.
right (British, informal)
awful • I looked awful and felt quite sleepy.
proper (British, informal)
outrageous • I must apologize for my friend's outrageous behaviour.
frightful • He got himself into a frightful muddle.
8 guiltyDictionary • He said he felt terrible about cancelling the concert.
guilty • When she saw me, she looked extremely guilty.
sorry • She was very sorry about all the trouble she'd caused.
ashamed • She was ashamed that she looked so shabby.
apologetic • The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
contrite • He was so contrite that he wrote me a letter of apology.
repentant • a repentant criminal
remorseful • He was genuinely remorseful.
regretful • He gave a regretful smile.
penitent • a penitent sinner
shamefaced • There was a long silence and my father looked shamefaced.
full of regret
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abhorrentIf something is abhorrent to you, you hate it very much or consider it completely unacceptable.
• Many people find the idea of abortion abhorrent.
abysmal (informal)If you describe a situation or the condition of something as abysmal, you think that it is very bad or poor in quality.
• The general standard was abysmal.
apologeticIf you are apologetic, you show or say that you are sorry for causing trouble for someone, for hurting them, or for disappointing them.
• The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
Thesaurus for terrible from the Collins English Thesaurus