reign of terror

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Definition of reign of terror 

: a state or a period of time marked by violence often committed by those in power that produces widespread terror

First Known Use of reign of terror

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reign of terror

Reign of Terror, a period of the French Revolution that was conspicuous for mass executions of political suspects

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The first known use of reign of terror was in 1784

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