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schrecklichkeit

Definitions

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  • n. A military policy of terrorising an enemy, especially through its civilian population.
  • n. A general atmosphere or situation of awfulness or dread.

Etymologies

From German Schrecklichkeit ("awfulness"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The policy of terrorisation was based on the reasoning that eventually schrecklichkeit saved both the conqueror and the conquered bloodshed and trouble; for if the enemy were not so impressed with the fact that all resistance was utterly useless, he would resort to the sporadic risings which would entail more slaughter on both sides.

    Witch-Doctors

  • Emma knew he was pursuing the daily _schrecklichkeit_.

    Half Portions

  • The carnage, the rapine, the wholesale desolation was an integral part of the German policy of schrecklichkeit or frightfulness.

    History of the World War An Authentic Narrative of the World's Greatest War

  • Obnoxious, contemptible, clumsy or stupid person. schrecklichkeit

    Fighting For Peace

  • And when that body struggles -- _schrecklichkeit_! "and he waved his arms in a pantomime of wholesale destruction.

    Spacehounds of IPC

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