- n. A military policy of terrorising an enemy, especially through its civilian population.
- n. A general atmosphere or situation of awfulness or dread.
- From German Schrecklichkeit ("awfulness"). (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“Emma knew he was pursuing the daily _schrecklichkeit_.”
“The carnage, the rapine, the wholesale desolation was an integral part of the German policy of schrecklichkeit or frightfulness.”
“Obnoxious, contemptible, clumsy or stupid person. schrecklichkeit”
“And when that body struggles -- _schrecklichkeit_! "and he waved his arms in a pantomime of wholesale destruction.”
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