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Bad vs. Terrible — What's the Difference?

Bad vs. Terrible — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Bad and Terrible

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Bad

Not achieving an adequate standard; poor
A bad concert.
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Terrible

Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful
A terrible bolt of lightning.
A terrible curse.
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Bad

Immoral or evil.
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Terrible

Extremely formidable
Terrible responsibilities.
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Bad

Vulgar or obscene
Bad language.
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Terrible

Extreme in extent or degree; intense
"the life for which he had paid so terrible a price" (Leslie Fiedler).
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Bad

Disobedient or naughty
Bad children.
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Terrible

Unpleasant; disagreeable
Had a terrible time at the party.
Terrible food.
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Bad

Disagreeable, unpleasant, or disturbing
A bad piece of news.
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Terrible

Very bad
A terrible actor.
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Bad

Unfavorable
Bad reviews for the play.
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Terrible

Dreadful; causing terror, alarm and fear; awesome
The witch laid a terrible curse on him.
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Bad

Not fresh; rotten or spoiled
Bad meat.
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Terrible

Formidable, powerful.
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Bad

Injurious in effect; detrimental
Bad habits.
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Terrible

Intense; extreme in degree or extent.
He paid a terrible price for his life of drinking.
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Bad

Not working properly; defective
A bad telephone connection.
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Terrible

Unpleasant; disagreeable.
The food was terrible, but it was free.
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Bad

Full of or exhibiting faults or errors
Bad grammar.
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Terrible

Very bad; lousy.
Whatever he thinks, he is a terrible driver.
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Bad

Having no validity; void
Passed bad checks.
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Terrible

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

Being so far behind in repayment as to be considered a loss
Bad loans.
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Terrible

Adapted or likely to excite terror, awe, or dread; dreadful; formidable.
Prudent in peace, and terrible in war.
Thou shalt not be affrighted at them; for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
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Bad

Severe; intense
A bad cold.
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Terrible

Excessive; extreme; severe.
The terrible coldness of the season.
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Bad

Being in poor health or in pain
I feel bad today.
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Terrible

Causing fear or dread or terror;
The awful war
An awful risk
Dire news
A career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
The dread presence of the headmaster
Polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
A dreadful storm
A fearful howling
Horrendous explosions shook the city
A terrible curse
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Bad

Being in poor condition; diseased
Bad lungs.
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Terrible

Exceptionally bad or displeasing;
Atrocious taste
Abominable workmanship
An awful voice
Dreadful manners
A painful performance
Terrible handwriting
An unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room
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Bad

Sorry; regretful
She feels bad about how she treated you.
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Terrible

Intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality;
Severe pain
A severe case of flu
A terrible cough
Under wicked fire from the enemy's guns
A wicked cough
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Bad

Bad·der, bad·dest Slang Very good; great.
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Terrible

Extremely distressing;
Fearful slum conditions
A frightful mistake
Suffered terrible thirst
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Bad

Something that is below standard or expectations, as of ethics or decency
Weighing the good against the bad.
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Bad

Badly.
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Bad

A past tense of bid.
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Bad

Unfavorable; negative; not good.
Hiring you was very bad for this company.
The weather looks pretty bad right now.
He is in a bad mood.
You have very bad grades.
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Bad

Not suitable or fitting.
Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?
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Bad

Not appropriate, of manners etc.
It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.
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Bad

Unhealthy; liable to cause health problems.
Lard is bad for you. Smoking is bad for you, too. Grapes are bad for dogs but not for humans.
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Bad

(chiefly applied to a person's state of health) Sickly, unhealthy, unwell.
Joe's in a bad way; he can't even get out of bed.
I went to the hospital to see how my grandfather was doing. Unfortunately, he's in a bad state.
I've had a bad back since the accident.
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Bad

Not behaving; behaving badly; misbehaving; mischievous or disobedient.
Stop being bad, or you will get a spanking!
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Bad

Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.
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Bad

Evil; wicked.
Be careful. There are bad people in the world.
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Bad

Faulty; not functional.
I had a bad headlight.
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Bad

(of food) Spoiled, rotten, overripe.
These apples have gone bad.
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Bad

(of breath) Malodorous; foul.
Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone.
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Bad

False; counterfeit; illegitimate.
They were caught trying to pass bad coinage.
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Bad

Unskilled; of limited ability; not good.
I'm pretty bad at speaking French.
He's a bad gardener; everything he tries to grow ends up dying.
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Bad

Of poor physical appearance.
I look really bad whenever I get less than seven hours of sleep.
I don't look bad in this dress, do I?
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Bad

(informal) Bold and daring.
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Bad

(slang) Good, superlative, excellent, cool.
Man, that new car you bought is bad!
You is bad, man!
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Bad

Severe, urgent.
He is in bad need of a haircut.
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Bad

Overly promiscuous, licentious.
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Bad

Very attractive; hot, sexy.
Hopefully I can pull some bad bitches tonight.
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Bad

Not covered by funds on account.
He gave me a bad check.
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Bad

Badly.
I didn't do too bad in the last exam.
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Bad

Something that is bad; a harm or evil.
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Bad

Error; mistake.
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Bad

An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good. Bad (economics)
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Bad

Used to scold a misbehaving child or pet.
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Bad

(archaic) bid.
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Bad

To shell (a walnut).
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Bad

Bade.
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Bad

Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; - the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news.
The strong antipathy of good to bad.
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Bad

That which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency;
Take the bad with the good
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Bad

Having undesirable or negative qualities;
A bad report card
His sloppy appearance made a bad impression
A bad little boy
Clothes in bad shape
A bad cut
Bad luck
The news was very bad
The reviews were bad
The pay is bad
It was a bad light for reading
The movie was a bad choice
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Bad

Very intense;
A bad headache
In a big rage
Had a big (or bad) shock
A bad earthquake
A bad storm
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Bad

Feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad');
My throat feels bad
She felt bad all over
He was feeling tough after a restless night
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Bad

(of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition;
Bad meat
A refrigerator full of spoilt food
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Bad

Not capable of being collected;
A bad (or uncollectible) debt
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Bad

Below average in quality or performance;
A bad chess player
A bad recital
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Bad

Nonstandard;
So-called bad grammar
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Bad

Not financially safe or secure;
A bad investment
High risk investments
Anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky
Speculative business enterprises
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Bad

Physically unsound or diseased;
Has a bad back
A bad heart
Bad teeth
An unsound limb
Unsound teeth
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Bad

Capable of harming;
Bad habits
Bad air
Smoking is bad for you
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Bad

Keenly sorry or regretful;
Felt bad about letting the team down
Was sorry that she had treated him so badly
Felt bad about breaking the vase
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Bad

Characterized by wickedness or immorality;
Led a very bad life
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Bad

Reproduced fraudulently;
Like a bad penny...
A forged twenty dollar bill
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Bad

Not working properly;
A bad telephone connection
A defective appliance
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Bad

With great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly');
The injury hurt badly
The buildings were badly shaken
It hurts bad
We need water bad
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Bad

Very much; strongly;
I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it
The cables had sagged badly
They were badly in need of help
He wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it
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