Definition of terror
1 : a state of intense fear
3 : reign of terror
4 : violent or destructive acts (such as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands
terrorlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of terror in a sentence
The sound of guns being fired fills me with terror.
Many civilians fled in terror.
a terror that is still fresh in her memory
the terrors of life in the jungle
a regime that rules by terror
bombings and other acts of terror
These people have been living with terror and the threat of terror for many years.
a campaign of terror against ethnic minority groups
Origin and Etymology 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: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of terror
TERROR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terror for English Language Learners
: 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
TERROR Defined for Kids
Definition of terror for Students
1 : a state of great fear <They fled in terror.>
2 : a cause of great fear <All these, however, were mere terrors of the night … — Washington Irving, “Sleepy Hollow”>
Legal Definition of terror
: 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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