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terror

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noun ter·ror \ˈter-ər, ˈte-rər\

Simple Definition of terror

  • : a very strong feeling of fear

  • : something that causes very strong feelings of fear : something that is terrifying

  • : violence that is committed by a person, group, or government in order to frighten people and achieve a political goal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of terror

  1. 1 :  a state of intense fear

  2. 2a :  one that inspires fear :  scourgeb :  a frightening aspectc :  a cause of anxiety :  worryd :  an appalling person or thing; especially :  brat

  3. 3 :  reign of terror

  4. 4 :  violent or destructive acts (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands

terrorless play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of terror in a sentence

  1. The sound of guns being fired fills me with terror.

  2. Many civilians fled in terror.

  3. a terror that is still fresh in her memory

  4. the terrors of life in the jungle

  5. a regime that rules by terror

  6. bombings and other acts of terror

  7. These people have been living with terror and the threat of terror for many years.

  8. a campaign of terror against ethnic minority groups



Origin of terror

Middle English, from Anglo-French terrour, from Latin terror, from terrēre to frighten; akin to Greek trein to be afraid, flee, tremein to tremble — more at tremble


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of terror

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage <fear of the unknown>. dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety <faced the meeting with dread>. fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear <fright at being awakened suddenly>. alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger <view the situation with alarm>. panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity <the news caused widespread panic>. terror implies the most extreme degree of fear <immobilized with terror>. trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation <raised the subject with trepidation>.

Rhymes with terror



TERROR Defined for Kids

terror

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noun ter·ror \ˈter-ər\

Definition of terror for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of great fear <They fled in terror.>

  2. 2 :  a cause of great fear <All these, however, were mere terrors of the night … — Washington Irving, “Sleepy Hollow”>




Law Dictionary

terror

noun ter·ror

Legal Definition of terror

  1. :  an intense fear of physical injury or death <inflict terror by forced entry or unlawful assembly>; also :  the infliction of such fear <an act of terror>





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