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1‘there was a terrific bang’
tremendous, huge, massive, gigantic, colossal, mighty, great, very great, very big, prodigious, formidable, sizeable, considerable
intense, extreme, extraordinary, excessive, inordinate
informal mega, whopping, whopping great, humongous
British informal whacking, whacking great, ginormous
2‘a terrific game of top-quality football’
excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
super, great, smashing, amazing, amazeballs, fantastic, tremendous, phenomenal, sensational, incredible, heavenly, divine, stellar, gorgeous, dreamy, grand, fabulous, fab, fabby, fantabulous, brill, awesome, magic, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, ace, crack, cool, mean, bad, wicked, mega, crucial, mind-blowing, far out, A1, sound, out of this world, marvy, spanking, dope, def, phat
British brilliant, brill, bosting
North American peachy, dandy, jim-dandy, neat, badass, boss, radical, rad, boffo, bully, bitching, bodacious, crackerjack
US on fleek
NZ Australian beaut, bonzer
South African kif, lank
British dated capital, champion, wizard, corking, cracking, ripping, spiffing, top-hole, topping, beezer
North American dated swell, keen
vulgar slang shit-hot
dreadful, awful, horrible
3‘terrific scenes of slaughter and destruction’
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