American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
- n. One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
- n. The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
- n. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
- n. Informal An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Extreme fear or fright; violent dread.
- n. A person or thing that terrifies or strikes with terror; a cause of dread or extreme fear: often used in humorous exaggeration.
- To fill with terror.
- n. uncountable intense dread, fright, or fear.
- n. countable specific instances of being intensely terrified
- n. uncountable the action or quality of causing dread; terribleness, especially such qualities in narrative fiction
- n. countable something or someone that causes such fear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Extreme fear; fear that agitates body and mind; violent dread; fright.
- n. That which excites dread; a cause of extreme fear.
- n. a very troublesome child
- n. the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons)
- n. a person who inspires fear or dread
- n. an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
- From Old French terreur ("terror, fear, dread"), from Latin accusative terrorem ("fright, fear, terror"), from terrere ("to frighten, terrify"), from Proto-Indo-European *tre- (“to shake”), Proto-Indo-European *tres- (“to tremble”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrēre, to frighten. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I often sat and wondered why the monster didn't flee in terror from the report of the gun.”
“Don't you love the little cartoon boy and girl running in terror from the invading Martian death rays?”
“Suffice it to say, my honest anger for the victims of Katrina used the term terror in its appropriate definition.”
“The West does not own the term terror, nor does this administration.”
“But their assassinations and long history of hostage-taking have earned FARC the label terror organization by the U.S. and the European Union.”
“But their assassinations and long history of hostage-taking has earned FARC the label terror organization by the United States and the European Union.”
“Similarly, the term terror suspects is used liberally, with little indication of what such suspicion is based on.”
“The war in terror is a subterfuge for the NeoCon agenda of promoting continuous war with the aim of establishing permanent bases across the Mid Eastern-Eurasian geographical corridor adjacent to the Caspian Sea Basin reserves.”
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