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terror

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of terror

  1. 1 a source of persistent emotional distress after the death of her father, fear of developing cancer became one of the terrors of her life Synonyms of terror affliction, hang-up, demon, tormentWords Related to terror bête noire, bogey (also bogie or bogy), bugaboo, bugbear, hobgoblin, ogre

  2. 2 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger the reports of a serial killer on the loose struck terror into our hearts Synonyms of terror alarm (also alarum), anxiety, dread, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, scare, fear, trepidationWords Related to terror phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousnessNear Antonyms of terror aplomb, assurance, boldness, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, intrepidity, intrepidness, stoutness, valor; audacity, guts, nerve

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


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