The Latin word terribĭlis derived in terrible , a adjective which can be used with different senses. The first meaning mentioned in the dictionary of Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) refers to what causes terror (fear of great intensity).
For example: “Terrible shock in the first round of the race! Hopefully there were no injuries since the impact was very strong ”, "When I saw the terrible wound on my arm, I was very scared and began to cry", "The fall was terrible, but fortunately it had no major consequences".
Terrible is also something that results hard to bear or resist : "Seeing my father wounded by the bullet was something terrible for me", “Running out of work at this age would be terrible: I hope that the company's situation improves quickly”, "The truth is that it was terrible news, although with much effort we managed to get ahead".
As with any adjective derived from a abstract noun (In this case, "terror"), we are faced with a word that can be conceived in many different ways. If we form a group of ten people at random, it is very likely that they do not share all their tastes, or their opinions on issues such as politics and religion, or their fears . This last point is the key to discern what situation may seem terrible to someone.
The noun terror is one of the synonyms of "fear ", as are the terms fear, dread and panic. In fact, the concept of night terror It is a more intense version of the nightmare, since it is a sleep disorder that produces a great fear to those who experience it and is usually accompanied by a special difficulty to fully recover the state of consciousness, in addition to violent movements, screams, crying, a high level of sweating, dilation of the pupils and acceleration of the heart rate.
Usually, night terrors are triggered by lack of sleep, fever or seasons of stress and too much tension on an emotional level. All these situations alter us physically and mentally, which is why they prevent us from resting normally. That said, it is very easy to understand that they have chosen a word from the family of "terrible" for this disorder . A person who fears losing the house, another who feels a great insecurity in dealing with others and a third party who detests darkness will probably suffer very different nightmares, and then they will use this adjective in equally disparate situations.
A event or a object from huge proportions On the other hand, they can be described as terrible: "The victory of the volleyball team generated a terrible impact internationally", "I have a terrible hunger ... is there much left for dinner?", “Mariana bought a terrible house facing the sea in Punta del Este”.
It is important to keep in mind that, according to the context, this adjective can refer to something positive or negative . Yes one person indicates that a product has a “Terrible success in the Asian market”, will be referring to a good performance. However, if someone points out that the contamination of a certain beach is "terrible", the rating will be negative.
Unlike certain words whose use is often used in popular speech or written language, terrible is one that appears in any field, although this does not mean that there are no differences depending on the context. If someone tries to describe in an informal conversation the situation that the inhabitants of a village that has been recently bombed live, can perfectly say that "they must be having a terrible time"; In a newspaper, on the other hand, there is probably talk of "the terrible reality of the victims." The mere reversal of order between the adjective and the noun causes an impact impossible to ignore.