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Ordinary vs. Terrific — What's the Difference?

Ordinary vs. Terrific — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Ordinary and Terrific

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Ordinary

With no special or distinctive features; normal
It was just an ordinary evening
He sets out to depict ordinary people
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Terrific

Very good or fine; splendid
A terrific tennis player.
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Ordinary

(especially of a judge or bishop) exercising authority by virtue of office and not by deputation.
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Terrific

Awesome; astounding
Drove at a terrific rate of speed.
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Ordinary

What is commonplace or standard
Their clichés were vested with enough emotion to elevate them above the ordinary
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Terrific

Causing terror or great fear; terrifying
A terrific wail.
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Ordinary

A judge who exercises authority by virtue of office and not by deputation.
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Terrific

Very bad or unpleasant; frightful
A terrific headache.
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Ordinary

A member of the clergy, such as an archbishop in a province or a bishop in a diocese, with immediate jurisdiction.
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Terrific

Terrifying, causing terror; terrible; sublime, awe-inspiring.
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Ordinary

Those parts of a Roman Catholic service, especially the Mass, which do not vary from day to day.
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Terrific

Very strong or intense; excessive, tremendous.
The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.
I've got a terrific hangover this morning.
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Ordinary

Any of the simplest principal charges used in coats of arms (especially chief, pale, bend, fess, bar, chevron, cross, saltire).
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Terrific

Extremely good; excellent, amazing.
I say! She's a terrific tennis player.
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Ordinary

Short for ordinary share
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Terrific

Causing terror; adapted to excite great fear or dread; terrible; as, a terrific form; a terrific sight.
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Ordinary

A meal provided at a fixed time and price at an inn.
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Terrific

Very great or intense;
A terrific noise
A terrific thunderstorm storm
Fought a terrific battle
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Ordinary

A penny-farthing bicycle.
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Terrific

Extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers;
A fantastic trip to the Orient
The film was fantastic!
A howling success
A marvelous collection of rare books
Had a rattling conversation about politics
A tremendous achievement
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Ordinary

Commonly encountered; usual
An ordinary delay at the bridge tolls.
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Terrific

Causing extreme terror;
A terrifying wail
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Ordinary

Having no special ability, quality, or purpose
Ordinary people.
Ordinary black tea.
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Ordinary

Not particularly good; not better than average
The service was good, but the food was very ordinary.
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Ordinary

(Law) Having direct authority to decide a case, rather than being delegated that power, as a judge.
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Ordinary

(Mathematics) Designating a differential equation containing no more than one independent variable.
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Ordinary

The usual or normal condition or course of events
Nothing out of the ordinary occurred.
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Ordinary

(Law) A judge with direct authority as opposed to delegated authority to decide a case.
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Ordinary

The parts of the Mass that remain unchanged from day to day.
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Ordinary

A division of the Roman Breviary containing the unchangeable parts of the office other than the Psalms.
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Ordinary

A cleric, such as the residential bishop of a diocese, with ordinary jurisdiction over a specified territory.
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Ordinary

(Heraldry) One of the simplest and commonest charges, such as the bend and the cross.
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Ordinary

A complete meal provided at a fixed price.
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Ordinary

A tavern or inn providing such a meal.
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Ordinary

A person with authority; authority, ordinance.
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Ordinary

A person having immediate jurisdiction in a given case of ecclesiastical law, such as the bishop within a diocese.
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Ordinary

(obsolete) A courier; someone delivering mail or post.
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Ordinary

(law) A judge with the authority to deal with cases himself or herself rather than by delegation.
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Ordinary

The chaplain of Newgate prison, who prepared condemned prisoners for death.
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Ordinary

Something ordinary or regular.
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Ordinary

(obsolete) Customary fare, one's regular daily allowance of food; hence a regular portion or allowance.
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Ordinary

A meal provided for a set price at an eating establishment.
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Ordinary

A place where such meals are served; a public tavern, inn.
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Ordinary

(heraldry) One of the standard geometric designs placed across the center of a coat of arms, such as a pale or fess.
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Ordinary

An ordinary person or thing; something commonplace.
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Ordinary

The usual course of things; normal condition or health; a standard way of behaviour or action.
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Ordinary

A penny farthing bicycle.
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Ordinary

(Christianity) A part of the Christian liturgy that is reasonably constant without regard to the date on which the service is performed.
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Ordinary

A book setting out ordinary or regular conduct.
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Ordinary

(obsolete) A devotional manual; a book setting our rules for proper conduct.
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Ordinary

(Christianity) A rule, or book of rules, prescribing the order of service, especially of Mass.
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Ordinary

Having regular jurisdiction; now only used in certain phrases.
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Ordinary

Being part of the natural order of things; normal, customary, routine.
On an ordinary day I wake up at nine o'clock, work for six hours, and then go to the gym.
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Ordinary

Having no special characteristics or function; everyday, common, mundane; often deprecatory.
I live a very ordinary life most of the time, but every year I spend a week in Antarctica.
He looked so ordinary, I never thought he'd be capable of murder.
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Ordinary

Bad or undesirable.
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Ordinary

According to established order; methodical; settled; regular.
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Ordinary

Common; customary; usual.
Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation that in writing.
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Ordinary

Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book.
An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no useful knowledge in such a way.
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Ordinary

An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation.
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Ordinary

The mass; the common run.
I see no more in you than in the ordinaryOf nature's salework.
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Ordinary

That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution.
Spain had no other wars save those which were grown into an ordinary.
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Ordinary

Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and other ordinaries.
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Ordinary

A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction from one where each dish is separately charged; a table d'hôte; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room.
All the odd words they have picked up in a coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as flowers of style.
He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and peddlers and to ordinaries.
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Ordinary

A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron, chief, cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See Subordinary.
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Ordinary

A judge of a probate court
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Ordinary

The expected or commonplace condition or situation;
Not out of the ordinary
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Ordinary

A clergyman appointed to prepare condemned prisoners for death
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Ordinary

An early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
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Ordinary

(heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
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Ordinary

Not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree;
Ordinary everyday objects
Ordinary decency
An ordinary day
An ordinary wine
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Ordinary

Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered;
Average people
The ordinary (or common) man in the street
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